Metabolic Engineering; heterologous natural product biosynthesis; genetic vaccine design
904 Furnas Hall
Buffalo NY, 14260
Phone: (716) 645-1198
Fax: (716) 645-3822
Blaine Pfeifer’s research is organized with cellular and process engineering as a base technology platform to support application-based projects in environmental sustainability, therapeutic compound access, and vaccine design. Interwoven with technical goals is the over-arching emphasis on student development and research translation.
Dr. Pfeifer is originally from Colorado and graduated from Colorado State University with a BS degree in Chemical Engineering while also obtaining minors in Environmental Engineering and Chemistry and completing an interdisciplinary program in Biotechnology. He completed MS and PhD degrees in Chemical Engineering at Stanford University under the guidance of Chaitan Khosla with graduate research dedicated to the biosynthesis of therapeutic natural products (such as antibiotics and anti-cancer agents). Postdoctoral research was completed under the tutelage of Robert Langer at MIT and focused on gene delivery to the sentinel cells (antigen presenting cells) of the immune system with the goal of enabling effective genetic vaccines.
Towards this goal, students are encouraged to pursue entrepreneurial opportunities, and several former trainees have successfully patented and licensed their research; placed in business and research competitions; and initiated and led independent start-up ventures. Outside of the university setting, Dr. Pfeifer enjoys exercise, music, history, and learning foreign languages.
- PhD, Chemical Engineering, Stanford University, 2002
- MS, Chemical Engineering, Stanford University, 1999
- BS, Chemical Engineering, Colorado State University, 1997