Dantas, Gautam (US)

Washington University in St Louis School of Medicine

Gautam Dantas, Ph.D., is a professor in the Departments of Pathology & Immunology, Biomedical Engineering, Molecular Microbiology, and the Edison Family Center for Genome Sciences & Systems Biology, at Washington University in St Louis School of Medicine. He received a PhD in biochemistry from the University of Washington, and post-doctoral training at Harvard Medical School. His research interests and training lie at the interface of microbial genomics, synthetic biology, systems biology, and computational biology. His research focuses on (1) understanding and predicting how diverse microbiomes respond to chemical and biological perturbations, (2) harnessing these insights to rationally design therapeutic strategies to curtail antibiotic resistant pathogens and remedy pathological microbiome states, and (3) engineering microbial catalysts to convert renewable biomass into value chemicals such as biofuels and pharmaceuticals. Since 2009, he has mentored 12 postdoctoral fellows, 25 graduate students, and over 50 high-school and undergraduate interns. He is a recipient of the AAAS Newcomb Cleveland Prize, the Harvard University Certificate for Distinction in Teaching, the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award, the Mallinckrodt Foundation Scholar Award, the Academy of Science – St Louis Innovator Award, the Washington University Distinguished Educator Award, and American Academy of Microbiology Fellowship. More information about the Dantas Lab at: http://www.dantaslab.org