Department of

Chemical Engineering

Designing molecular technology for the 21st century with biology and chemistry

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Thomas K. Wood

Endowed Biotechnology Chair
Professor of Chemical Engineering &
Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Office: 161 Fenske Laboratory

Phone: (814) 863-4811


The Pennsylvania State University (2011-Present), Department of Chemical Engineering
Endowed Biotechnology Chair.

Texas A & M University (2005-2011), Department of Chemical Engineering
O'Connor Endowed Chair and Professor.

University of Connecticut (1998-2005), Department of Chemical Engineering
NE Utilities Endowed Professor of Environmental Engineering Education

University of California, Irvine (1991-1998), Chemical and Biochemical Engineering
Assistant Professor (1991)

Ph.D. North Carolina State University (1991)

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Research Summary

My research pursuits include understanding the genetic basis of biofilm formation to prevent disease and to utilize biofilms for beneficial biotransformations. In addition, I am interested in utilizing bacteria for remediation, green chemistry, and energy production.

I have 165 peer-reviewed publicaions (including six Nature-group publications and six publications recognized by the Faculty of 1000 for Biology and Medicine), five university outstanding teaching and research awards, and I am the recipient of the U.S. Army Research Office Young Investigator Award and National Science Foundation Research Inovation Award.

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