Tim Whitehead, PhD

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Tim Whitehead
Research Interest: 
Health and Energy: Protein Engineering

469 Wilson Road
302A Trout Building
East Lansing, MI 4882


We are a young lab that designs and engineers functional proteins. We are focused on the development of computational and experimental tools as well as two major areas for the application of these methods: (1) the microbial-mediated conversion of biomass to fuels and chemicals that more closely approximate petroleum-derived feedstocks; and (2) development of antibody and antibody-like molecules for use as protein therapeutics against viral pathogens.

Research Interests:

Protein engineering

Design Biochemical Engineering

Biomolecular Engineering

Metabolic Engineering

Alternative Energy

Synthetic Biology

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Recent Grants


Postdoctoral Research, David Baker Lab, University of Washington, 2011
Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2008
B.E., Chemical Engineering, Vanderbilt University, 2001

2017               College of Engineering Nominee, MSU Teacher/Scholar Award

2017               Johansen Crosby Endowed Chair, CHEMS MSU

2017               Young Scientist Keynote, PEGS Meeting

2013                NSF Career