Hal Alper

Associate Professor and Graduate Advisor
Email: halper@che.utexas.edu
Phone:1 512 471 4417

The Alper lab focuses on engineering biology to produce organic molecules of interest such as biofuels, commodity and specialty chemicals, and protein pharmaceuticals.  To accomplish these tasks, traditional pathway engineering approaches are merged with novel synthetic biology tools, protein engineering strategies, systems biology paradigms and applied genetic engineering capabilities.  The group utilizes a variety of host systems including microbial (eg. Escherichia coli), fungal (eg. the yeasts Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Yarrowia lipolytica), and mammalian cells (eg. Chinese Hamster Ovary (CHO) cells and Human HEK293) to produce a diverse array of products.  In each case, the goal is to “rewire” cellular systems into industrially-relevant biochemical factories.