Synthetic biologist receives DARPA Young Faculty Award

University Park — The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency recently presented its Young Faculty Award to Howard Salis, an assistant professor in Penn State’s colleges of Agricultural Sciences and Engineering.

Salis’ research lab is developing nucleic-acid therapeutics to selectively kill pathogens. These nucleic acids potentially could be designed and manufactured more quickly than a traditional vaccine or protein-based therapeutic, he explained. “They can be used to defend against biological weapons or new pathogenic strains of bacteria,” Salis said.

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