Mr. Justin Siegel is an assistant professor at UC Davis in Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Genomics. He is also a Faculty Director of the Innovation Institute for Food and Health since 2015. The Innovation Institute for Food and Health aims to enable academics and business to work seamlessly together to tackle the grand challenges of Nutrition for All, Sustainable Agricultural Practices, and Food Safety.He received his BS degree in Biochemistry, with a focus on enzymology under the advisement of Dr.
Michael Toney from UC Davis in 2005. He also worked with Dr. Vladimir Filkov and Dr. Ken Burtis.Mr. Siegel received his Ph.D. in computational enzyme design under Dr.
David Baker and Dr. Michael Gelb from the University of Washington, Seattle in 2011.He was a Student Intern at Applied Biosystems in Foster City, California during 1998 – 2001, where he was a Lead for automation of data analysis for Human Identification Kit Production. Mr.
Siegel was a Founding Member of Bio Architecture Lab in Seattle, Washington (and now Berkeley, California), where he worked in 2007 – 2009. While working there, he helped to design proposal for obtaining initial funding and worked part-time to get the company up and running in its first few years.Professor Siegel was also a Fellow Student at the Baker Laboratory in the Department of Biochemistry, the University of Washington in 2011 – 2012. He is also a Co-Founder of PvP Biologics in Seattle, where he works on developing of oral therapeutic to treat celiac disease.In general, he is focused on designing novel proteins of therapeutic or commercial interest, using the principals of enzyme catalysis.
Professor Siegel is working with an international community on the computational methodology for predicting and designing macromolecular structures, interactions, and functions. Moreover, he is working on the redesign of naturally occurring enzymes to develop novel CO2 fixation pathways, and design of novel anthrax therapeutic. Mr. Siegel is focused on the design of novel biofuel and therapeutics, and also chemical biosynthetic pathways.