Mo Khalil is Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Boston University where he studies synthetic biology. By examining the functions of living cells, he is working to apply their molecular components to a variety of functions including the production of biofuels and the application of stem cell regenerative medicine. While much of his research is foundational, Professor Khalil is also working to develop synthetic biology tools that can be used today to administer vaccines and diagnose counterfeit drugs. He credits federal funding as the life blood of his research. His work has been funded by National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense.