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Michael W. Deem
Michael Deem is currently a General Partner with SmartHealth Catalyzer and CEO of a startup. He was previously an Entrepreneur in Residence at Khosla Ventures. Michael was with Rice University from 2002-2020, where he was the John W. Cox Professor of Bioengineering and Physics & Astronomy and Chair of Bioengineering Department from 2014 to 2017. He was the founding director of the Graduate Program in Systems, Synthetic, and Physical Biology, the first PhD program in the US with ‘Synthetic Biology’ in the title. Michael’s expertise lies in the life sciences and nanoporous materials. Among Michael’s fields of specializations are synthetic biology, evolution, vaccines, statistical mechanics, and zeolites. Michael Deem was an assistant and associate professor at UCLA, 1996-2002. Michael received his BS from the California Institute of Technology, PhD from UC Berkeley, and postdoctoral fellowship from Harvard University.
Michael is an experienced senior professional who has operated in senior management, Board, and advisor capacities. His intellectual bandwidth has benefited companies from a wide cross section of industries that include Life Sciences, Artificial Intelligence, Genomics, Data Science, Biotechnology, Energy, and Cancer Research. He has published over 200 papers, given over 300 invited talks, invented 16 US patents, and mentored hundreds of students.
Michael has made significant contributions to bioengineering, physics, and chemical engineering. He developed the widely used tools DIFFAX and ZEFSA for materials science and created the widely-used database of predicted zeolite structures. He invented the hierarchical approach to protein molecular evolution. He developed the pEpitope method to characterize antigenic distance for influenza vaccination. He developed the theory of modularity for biological evolution. For these contributions, among others, Deem received numerous awards.
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