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Michael Heller

Professor Emeritus, NanoEngineering, UC San Diego

Michael Heller joined the Jacobs School in 2001. Previously, he was the co-founder and chief technology officer of Nanogen, Inc., (NGEN), located in San Diego, and the principal inventor of Nanogen's microelectronic-based DNA chip technology. He presently serves as a consultant to Nanogen. Previously, he was the President and Chief Operating Officer at Integrated DNA Technologies, Director of Molecular Biology at Molecular Biosystems, and supervised the DNA Technology Group at Amoco Corporation. Heller received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Colorado State University in 1973.

Professor Heller's primary expertise in biotechnology is in DNA molecular diagnostics and fluorescent & optoelectronic-based detection technologies. He has also been involved in the development of integrated DNA chip devices and systems for genomic & biomedical research, as well as clinical diagnostic applications. Heller served on the White House National Nanotechnology initiative panel from 1999 - 2000.