Kristala L.J. Prather
Arthur Dehon Little Professor, MIT Department of Chemical Engineering Executive Officer
Kristala L.J. Prather is the Arthur D. Little Professor in the MIT Department of Chemical Engineering, as well as the department’s executive officer. She received an SB degree from MIT in 1994 and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1999, and worked four years in bioprocess research and development at Merck Research Laboratories prior to joining MIT.
Her research interests are centered on the design and assembly of recombinant microorganisms for the production of small molecules, with additional efforts in novel bioprocess design approaches.
Prather is the recipient of an Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award (2005), a Technology Review TR35 Young Innovator Award (2007), a National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2010), the Biochemical Engineering Journal Young Investigator Award (2011), the Charles Thom Award of the Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology (2017), and the Andreas Acrivos Award for Professional Progress in Chemical Engineering of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE, 2021). Additional honors include selection as a Fellow of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study (2014-2015), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2018), the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (2020), and the AIChE (2020).