Dr. Hal Alper is an Associate Professor in Chemical Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. He earned his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2006 and was a postdoctoral research associate at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research (2006-2008) and at Shire Human Genetic Therapies (2007-2008). Dr. Alper is the Principal Investigator of the Laboratory for Cellular and Metabolic Engineering where he focuses on metabolic and cellular engineering in the context of biofuel, biochemical, and biopharmaceutical production in an array of model host organisms. His research focuses on applying and extending the approaches of related fields such as synthetic biology, systems biology, and protein engineering. Dr. Alper has published over 60 articles and 7 book chapters that have been cited over 3600 times. Dr. Alper is the recipient of the Camille and Henry Dreyfus New Faculty Award (2008), the Texas Exes Teaching Award (2009), the DuPont Young Investigator Award (2010), the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award (2011), the UT Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award (2012), the 2013 Biotechnology and Bioengineering Daniel I.C. Wang Award, the Jay Bailey Young Investigator Award in Metabolic Engineering (2014), and the 2014 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award (2014).