Gautam Dantas, PhD
Gautam Dantas, PhD, associate professor of pathology and immunology, of biomedical engineering, and of molecular microbiology, is recognized for his outstanding contributions to graduate student teaching and mentoring.
Dantas leads an interdisciplinary team of basic scientists, engineers and clinicians focused on understanding antibiotic resistance, design of novel antibiotic and probiotic therapies, and on engineering microbial catalysts. Their work has been published in top journals and yielded many patents.
Dantas is co-director of the Computational & Systems Biology (CSB) graduate program, has served on several graduate program steering committees and has served on more than 60 qualifying exam and thesis committees. In his lab, he supports and challenges mentees to pursue their research ideas and develop their careers. Over the past eight years, he has mentored seven postdoctoral fellows, 19 graduate students, five research technicians, and more than 40 high-school and undergraduate interns.
Dantas’s past honors include the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Newcomb Cleveland Prize, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director’s New Innovator Award, and the Academy of Science – St Louis Innovation Award.
Dantas earned his bachelor’s degree from Macalester College in 2000 and his doctoral degree from the University of Washington in 2005, then completed postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School. He joined the Washington University faculty in 2009.