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Danielle Tullman-Ercek

McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

Professor, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Director, Master of Biotechnology Program
Center for Synthetic Biology
Chemistry of Life Processes Institute


Areas of Focus

  • Synthetic biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Metabolic engineering


  • Applying directed evolution to the engineering of proteins
  • Designing vaccines and drug delivery scaffolds from self-assembling proteins
  • Developing biobased materials
  • Understanding the evolution of efflux pumps and antibiotic resistance
  • Compartmentalizing biochemical reactions
  • Developing protein secretion platforms for protein production
  • Engineering biology for spaceflight applications


Tullman-Ercek is director of SynBREU, which is the first synthetic biology-focused Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program. She also is on the REU steering committee and serves as the education and outreach chair of the Engineering Biology Research Consortium, which is a leading professional group for synthetic biology researchers. She has received several awards, including the Searle Leadership Award and the NSF CAREER award for her work on the construction of bacterial organelles using protein shells.