Timothy A. Whitehead

Timothy A. Whitehead
  • Johansen-Crosby Endowed Professorship in Chemical Engineering
  • Established through a gift from Edwin J. and Mary Ann Crosby
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Materials Science and Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering


Timothy A. Whitehead is a Johansen Crosby Endowed Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and an associate professor in the departments of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering.

He is an expert in developing new experimental and computational methods to improve the engineering of biology. His research has led to improved routes for the next generation of diagnostics, therapeutics, and vaccines. The research team in the Whitehead Laboratory at MSU also works on biocatalyst engineering to improve the conversion of renewable biomass to fuels and valuable chemicals.

He received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2013 and presented the 2017 Young Scientist Keynote Address at the Protein Engineering Global Summit in Boston to academics and researchers in the biopharmaceutical industry.

Whitehead received a BE in chemical engineering from Vanderbilt University (2001) and a PhD in chemical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley (2008). He conducted postdoctoral research in the Biochemistry Department of the University of Washington before coming to MSU in 2011.