Adam Arkin received his BA in Chemistry from Carleton College in 1988 and his PhD in Physical Chemistry from MIT in 1992. Since then he has been Associate Professor in the Department of Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, Assistant Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Faculty Scientist, Computational and Theoretical Biology and Synthetic Biology Departments at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Among Professor Arkin's many awards have included the Britton Chance Distinguished Lecturer in Engineering & Medicine, University of Pennsylvania in 2006, the Mohammed Dahleh Award, University of California, Santa Barbara in 2007 and Fellowship of the American Academy of Microbiology in the same year.
The work of Professor Arkin and his group focuses on understanding the evolutionary design principles of cellular networks and populations and to seek to apply this knowledge in the areas of health, bioenergy and the environment. Approaches used incorporate the quantitative measurement of cellular dynamics and comparative functional genomics with biophysical modeling of cellular networks and circuit design.