Bernhard O. Palsson, Ph.D.

Director/Principal Investigator

Bernhard Palsson is the Y.C. Fung Endowed Professor in Bioengineering, Professor of Pediatrics, and the Principal Investigator of the Systems Biology Research Group in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Palsson has co-authored more than 600 peer-reviewed research articles and has authored four textbooks, with more in preparation.

He is a founding member of the NNF Center for Biosustainability and has served as its Director from its inception in 2011.  The CFB is now a international research center with over 300 FTEs.

His research includes the development of computational biology methods (flux-balance analysis, and modal analysis), genome-scale models (M models, ME models), data analytic methods (iModulons, pangenomics, alleleome, structural proteomics) and the formulation of specific sysbio models of the red blood cell, E. coli, CHO cells, and many human pathogens.

He has sat  on the editorial board of several leading peer-reviewed microbiology, bioengineering, and biotechnology journals. He previously held a faculty position at the University of Michigan for 11 years where he was named the G.G. Brown Associate Professor at Michigan in 1989.

He is inventor on over 40 U.S. patents, the co-founder of several biotechnology companies, and holds several major biotechnology awards. He received his PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1984. Dr. Palsson is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and is a Fellow of the AIChE,  AIMBE, AAAS, and the AAM. Dr. Palsson has been a Clarivate Highly Cited Researcher since 2014.  See Google Scholar.

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Technology Transfer

Founded Name Area Status
1989 Aastrom Biosciences (Vericel) Stem Cells IPO NASDAQ 1997
1997 Cyntellect Cytometry M&A 2010 
1998 Genomatica Biomanufacturing Products: 1,4 BDO, etc.
1999 IGC Cancer Genomics M&A 2003
2008 GT Life Sciences Computational Biology M&A 2011
2014 Sinopia Biosciences Drug Discovery Pursuing Clinical Trials
2016 Palmona Pathogenomics BioIT M&A 2021
2021 Conarium Bioworks Nutraceuticals Products: Melatonin













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