About the PI

Dr. Deans is a new Assistant Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Utah. During her Ph.D. at Boston University, Dr. Deans focused on synthetic biology in mammalian cells. During her graduate research, she developed a tunable genetic switch coupling repressor proteins and a novel RNAi target to regulate gene expression levels. After her graduate work, Dr. Deans went to Johns Hopkins University for her postdoctoral fellowship where she sought an area of research with the greatest opportunity for translating synthetic biology into therapeutic applications.

Dr. Deans now runs the Applied Synthetic Biology Laboratory at the University of Utah. Her lab focuses on developing tools to gain a better understanding of cellular function in both healthy and diseased tissue states. This information is used to develop new approaches for repairing damaged and diseased tissue by integrating synthetic biology with biomaterials.