Meet the Innovators Under 35

Michelle O'Malley, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara

Understanding a tricky kind of single-cell creature could help reduce the cost of biofuels.

Michelle O'Malley, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara

Michelle O’Malley is an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research focuses on developing new technologies to engineer anaerobic microbes and consortia for sustainable chemical production, bioremediation, and natural product discovery. She received a bachelor's in chemical engineering and biomedical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and a PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware. O’Malley was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Biology at MIT, where she developed new strategies for cellulosic biofuel production. She is the recipient of a U.S. Department of Energy Early Career Award, a Hellman Faculty Fellowship, a postdoctoral fellowship from the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture, a Whiting Foundation Fellowship, and a Harriett G. Jenkins Predoctoral Fellowship from NASA.


Innovators Under 35
individuals whose superb technical work promises to shape the coming decades through the development of new technology or the creative application of existing technologies to solve problems.