Ahmad (Mo) Khalil is the Innovation Career Development Professor and Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Boston University. He serves as the Associate Director and Founding Core Member of the Boston University Center of Synthetic Biology (CoSBi). His research is primarily in systems & synthetic biology. His lab uses quantitative and engineering approaches to understand the design principles of complex living systems and to develop new tools for rationally programming cells for biomedical and other applications. At the Wyss, Mo is advancing next-generation synthetic biology efforts, as well as developing new technologies, such as advanced fluidic devices, for manipulating and studying cells with increased control and precision. One focus of these efforts is the development of diagnostics for antimicrobial drug resistance and infectious diseases. Mo has received numerous awards and honors, including a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, a Kern Faculty Fellowship, a Wallace H. Coulter Translational Award, and a Deans Catalyst Award, many of which were awarded for achievements in innovation and translation. He has also received awards for teaching excellence in the College of Engineering. Mo received his Ph.D. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering at MIT, where he was awarded a Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Graduate Fellowship. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Chemistry.