Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MS, Chemical Engineering, 2000
Thesis: Fabrication of a Tethered Epidermal Growth Factor Tissue Culture Substrate and an Analysis of its Effects on Mammalian Cells

Wayne State University
BS, Chemical Engineering, 1996


Associate Teaching Professor in Bioengineering, University of California, Berkeley (2013-present)

Courses include:
Cell Biology Laboratory for Engineers
Biological Mass Transfer Phenomena
Ethical and Social Challenges in Translational Medicine
Introduction to Signal Transduction Kinetics
Introduction to Biomedical Engineering
Introduction to Bioengineering
Professional Development for Bioengineering Graduate Students

Lecturer in Bioengineering, University of California, Berkeley (2001 – 2013)

iGEM advisor, University of California, Berkeley (2008 - 2013)
Advisor for UC Berkeley's International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) program.

Lecturer in Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (August 2000 - January 2001)
Taught the course Introduction to Computer Methods.

Engineer and Engineering Intern, Engineering Labs, Inc. (September 1996 – September 2001)
Research engineer on various projects, including automotive plant utilities modeling, novel food preservation, and ballast water electroporation treatment.


Anne Mayes, Linda Griffith, Darrell Irvine, Pallab Banerjee, and Terry Johnson, “Comb Copolymers for Regulating Cell-Surface Interactions,” Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Patent US Serial No. 60/081,596.


Robert Chen, Harneet S. Rishi Vladimir Potapov, Masaki R. Yamada, Vincent J. Yeh, Thomas Chow, Celia L. Cheung, Austin T. Jones, Terry D. Johnson, Amy E. Keating, William C. DeLoache, and John E. Dueber, A Barcoding Strategy Enabling Higher-Throughput Library Screening by Microscopy, ACS Synthetic Biology, 2015.

Kyle Kurpinski, Terry Johnson, Sanjay Kumar, Tejal Desai and Song Li. Mastering Translational Medicine: Interdisciplinary Education for a New Generation. Science Translational Medicine, 2014.

Mimi Y. Zhang, Philip J. Lee, Paul J. Hung, Terry Johnson, Luke P. Lee and Mohammed R. K. Mofrad. Microfluidic environment for high density hepatocyte culture. Biomedical microdevices, 2007.

C. Scott Swindle, Kien T. Tran, Terry D. Johnson, Pallab Banerjee, Anne M. Mayes, Linda Griffith and Alan Wells. Epidermal growth factor (EGF)-like repeats of human tenascin-C as ligands for EGF receptor. JCB, 2001.

Terry Johnson, Darrell Irvine, Anne Mayes, Alan Wells, and Linda Griffith, “Tethered Ligands in Tissue Engineering and Cell Biology,” presented at the American Institute of Chemical Engineering 1999 Annual Meeting, Dallas, Texas.

Terry Johnson, Darrell Irvine, Anne Mayes, Alan Wells, and Linda Griffith, “Stimulation of Neural Differentiation with Tethered Epidermal Growth Factor,” presented at the American Society for Cell Biology 1999 Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.


How to Defeat Your Own Clone: And Other Tips for Surviving the Biotech Revolution, Kyle Kurpinski and Terry Johnson, Bantam, 2010

Ask a Biogeek column,, 2008


Lawrence Berkeley National Lab affiliate (2012-present)

Synberc Affiliated Investigator (2013-2016)

SERVICE (continuing)

Vice Chair for Undergraduate Programs (2015 - present)

Committee on Courses of Instruction (COCI) committee member (2018-present)

BioEngineering Scholars' Program (BioESP, formerly BEGROw) faculty advisor (2014-present)

ChemEd working group (2014-present)

Regents' and Chancellor's Scholarship Interviewer (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)

Pioneers in Engineering judge (2011-present)

Liaison to the Bioengineering Honor Society and the Biomedical Engineering Society (2009-present)

Head undergraduate advisor (2010-present) and undergraduate faculty advisor (2008-present)

Undergraduate transfer admissions committee (2011-present)

Undergraduate Awards committee (2011-present, as chair, 2015-present)

Bioengineering undergraduate curriculum committee member (2007-present)

SERVICE (completed)

Graduate Council's Advisory Committee for GSI Affairs (2016-2017)

Special Faculty Advisor to the UC Berkeley Center for Teaching and Learning (2014-2016)

iGEM executive judging committee (2015), judging committee (2013-2014), North American region head judge (2013), and judge (2011 - 2014)

NSF Multi-Site Public Engagement with Science - Synthetic Biology - Building with Biology advisory committee (2015)

Masters of Translational Medicine (MTM) program founding co-director (2010), academic advisor (2010-2015), and project selection committee (2010-2015)

Bioengineering Masters admissions committee (2010-2015)

Masters of Engineering (MEng) academic advisor (2011-2015)

Jacobs Design Curriculum ad hoc committee (2014)

Berkeley Big Ideas judge (2011-2014)

Berkeley Engineering Initiative faculty advisor (2013, 2012)

Graduate affairs committee (2012)

BioChIP REU program engineering advisor (2012, 2011)

Advisor and co-lead for the undergraduate FUBEC II bioengineering program improvement committee (2009)

Associate editor at the Journal of Visualized Experiments (2008)


UC Berkeley Distinguished Teaching Award (2013)

Golden Apple Award for Outstanding Teaching (2010)

Lecturer Teaching Fellow (2013/14, 2009/10)

iGEM Judge's Award (2013)

Minner Fellow (2013)

Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center (SynBERC) Science Education Leadership award (2011)

Tau Beta Pi Outstanding Instructor of the Year (2011)

Tau Beta Pi Eminent Engineer (2011)

Bioengineering Honor Society Outstanding Faculty (Spring 2011, Fall 2009, Spring 2008)

Lecturer’s professional development award recipient (2003)

Edward R. Merrill Distinguished Teaching Award (1999)


Chi Omega faculty dinner (Mar 2016)

Silicon Valley Comic-con Science of Science Fiction panel (Mar 2016)

Society of Women Engineers mini-university (Mar 2016)

STEM career lunch talks at Berkeley City College (Mar 2016)

Society of Women Engineers mini-university (Nov 2015)

Professor Passtimes with TBP (Nov 2015)

National Student Leadership Conference talks (July, August 2015)

Nerd Nite Silicon Valley premiere speaker (June 2015)

How to Give a Scientific Presentation" for Cloyne (April 2015)

NOVUM invited talk (Aprll 2015)

Regents' Overnight Host Program (ROHP) invited (March 2015)

Thriving in Science invited talk - "Lies, Damned Lies, and Academic Narratives" (Feburary 2015)

Nerd Nite SF invited talk (Feburary 2015)

California Academy of Science - NightLife speaker (October 2014)

BAHFest West 2014 (October 2014)

Reddit AMA on Synthetic Biology (October 2014)

Berkeley D-lab workshop on Inclusive STEM Classrooms (September 2014)

BioBuilder workshop speaker (July 2014)

National Student Leadership Conference Biotech program invited speaker (2014, 2015)

Cal Alumni nature cruise faculty speaker (July 2014)

UC Berkeley New Parent reception host (June 2014)

Leonardo Art Science Evenings (LASER) invited talk - "Synthetic biology: teaching old cells new tricks" (May 2014)

Wondercon talk - "Science in Science Fiction" (2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010)

Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) invited talk (April 2014)

Society of Women Engineers New Admits engineering lecturer (April 2014)

Synthetic Biology Leadership Excellence Accelerator Program (LEAP) steering meeting participant (March 2014)

Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) invited speaker (Spring 2014)

Stem Cell and Society DeCal invited speaker (Spring 2014)

RCSA Overnight Host program speaker (Spring 2014)

California Academy of Sciences Nightlife invited speaker (October 2013)

Pioneers in Engineering PiE Prep Day invited speaker (Fall 2013, Fall 2012)

Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) invited talk (Fall 2013)

Berkeley Engineers and Mentors (BEAM) keynote speaker (Fall 2013, Fall 2012, Fall 2011, Spring 2011, Fall 2010)

Fall Teaching Conference plenary talk (August 2013)

Nerd Nite East Bay talk (May 2013)

Piedmont High School biotech course - guest lecture (May 2013)

Society of Women Engineers New Admits keynote speaker (April 2013)

Society of Women Engineers mini-university keynote speaker (April 2013)

Tau Beta Pi Engineering Day keynote speaker (Spring 2013)

Let's Have an Awesome Time Doing Science invited speaker (April 2013)

Pioneers in Engineering keynote (March 2013)

ISPE talk - "How to prepare and present a scientific poster" (February 2013)

Brilliant!Science: Decoding Human Health - California Academy of Sciences/Gladstone Institutes invited talk (January 2013)

Science and Entertainment Exchange consultant - Zero Hour (2012)

Nerd Nite SF talk (November 2012)

Tau Beta Pi Engineering Day keynote speaker (Fall 2012)

Asian Pacific American Medical School Association (APAMSA) annual meeting invited speaker (Fall 2012)

SynBERC retreat Teaching and Workforce Needs panelist (Fall 2012)

Regents' and Chancellor's Scholarship Association 7th Annual Inter-UC Conference invited speaker (Spring 2012)

Writers with Drinks reading (May 2012) 

Society of Women Engineers mini-university invited speaker (Spring 2012)

Mission and Tenth V3 invited essayist and panelist (March 2012)

Tau Beta Pi undergraduate research panelist (Spring 2012, Fall 2011)

Upward Bound keynote speaker (Spring 2012, Fall 2011)

Biomedical Engineering Society fall reception keynote speaker (Fall 2011)

Tau Beta Pi advice for graduate school panelist (Fall 2011, Spring 2011, Fall 2010)

CUIR undergraduate research panelist (Fall 2011)

Haas Scholars talk - "Presenting Scientific Results" (Fall 2011)

Science@Cal invited talk "Synthetic Biology: Beating the Cell at its Own Game" (June 2011)

UC Berkeley Rube Goldberg competition guest judge (2011)

Engineering 4 Kids day invited speaker (Spring 2011)

Cal NERDS talk - "On the Process of Becoming a Great Scientist" (Spring 2011)

Biomedical Engineering Society grad school/fellowship talk (Spring 2011, Fall 2010, Fall 2009)

Biomedical Engineering Society rush week talk (Fall 2010)

Biomedical Engineering Society general meeting invited speaker (2010, 2008, 2009)

Bioengineering Honor Society banquet speaker (Fall 2007)