Michael W. Deem

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Michael W. Deem
Alma materCalifornia Institute of Technology (BSc., 1991)
University of California at Berkeley (PhD., 1994)
Known forparallel tempering
AwardsNational Science Foundation CAREER Awards (1997)
Top 100 Young Innovator, MIT Technology Review (1999)
Alfred P. Sloan Fellow (2009)
Scientific career
FieldsBiochemical and Genetic Engineering
InstitutionsRice University
Doctoral students

Michael W. Deem is the John W. Cox Professor of Biochemical and Genetic Engineering and Professor of Physics & Astronomy at Rice University in Houston, Texas. He is known for his work in parallel tempering[1] and proposals to improve vaccine development[2] by estimating the antigenic "distance" for any two samples of virus. His awards include a National Science Foundation CAREER Awards (1997), Top 100 Young Innovator, MIT Technology Review (1999) and Alfred P. Sloan Fellow (2000).[3]

Deem received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology in 1991 and his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley in 1994.

Deem was an advisor to Jiankui He, who announced in November 2018 that that he had generated the world's first genome-edited babies; Deem was involved in He's research, and was present when people involved in He's study gave consent.[4] Deem came under investigation by Rice after news of the work was made public.[5]

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  1. ^ Earl, David J.; Deem, Michael W. (2005). "Parallel tempering: Theory, applications, and new perspectives". Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics. 7 (23): 3910. arXiv:physics/0508111. doi:10.1039/B509983H.
  2. ^ "Researchers Seek Better Vaccine Procedure To Combat Flu". Science Daily. September 9, 2009.
  3. ^ http://bioengineering.rice.edu/faculty/Michael_Deem.aspx
  4. ^ Marchione, Marilyn (26 November 2018). "Chinese researcher claims first gene-edited babies". AP NEWS.
  5. ^ LaMotte, Sandee (27 November 2018). "Rice professor under investigation for role in 'world's first gene-edited babies'". CNN News. Archived from the original on 27 November 2018. Retrieved 27 November 2018.

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