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


Teaching Professor, Bioengineering, University of California, Berkeley (2019-present)

Courses include:

  • Biological Mass Transfer Phenomena

  • Cell Biology Laboratory for Engineers

  • Biomechanics

  • Engineering Molecules II (thermodynamics and kinetics)

  • Introduction to Signal Transduction Kinetics

  • Introduction to Biomedical Engineering

  • A History of Biology in Science Fiction

  • Playing Well With Others

  • Ethical and Social Challenges in Translational Medicine

  • Professional Development for Bioengineering Graduate Students

  • Responsible Conduct in Bioengineering Research and in Practice

Associate Teaching Professor, Bioengineering, University of California, Berkeley (2013-2019)

Lecturer, 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, 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.


John Eugene DUEBER, Zachary Nicholas RUSS, Tammy Melody HSU, Terry Don JOHNSON, Jr., Bernardo CERVANTES, Ramya Lakshmi PRATHURI, Shyam Pravin BHAKTA, Arthur Muir FONG III, Luke Nathaniel LATIMER, "Protecting group chemistry for clean, reductant-free dyeing", University of California, WO2016141207A1.

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.

Traditional Biological Risk Assessment and Responsible Conduct in Synthetic Biology, educational materials for the NSF SynBERC center’s certificate in synthetic biology.

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.


UC Berkeley Distinguished Teaching Award (2013, 3-5 awardees per year on the Berkeley campus)

Golden Apple Award for Outstanding Teaching (2010, 1 awardee per year on the Berkeley campus)

BEGROw Berkeley Collegium grant (2017)

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)


The Bard Takes Minutes: What Professional Workplace Teams Can Learn From Roleplaying Games, Terry Johnson and Hakan Seyalioglu, The New Modality, 2020

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

Ask a Biogeek column,, 2008


Engineering Biology Research Consortium (EBRC) Academic Member and Education sub-committee member (2017-present)

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab affiliate (2012-present)

Synthetic Biology Research Center (SynBERC) Affiliated Investigator (2013-2016)

SERVICE (continuing)

Vice Chair for Bioengineering Undergraduate Programs (2015 - present)

UC Berkeley's Committee on Courses of Instruction (COCI, Academic Senate) committee member (2018-present)

Faculty Director for UC Berkeley's Center for Teaching & Learning (2020-present)

Graduate Group in Science and Mathematics Education (SESAME) faculty member (2018-present)

Bioengineering Engineering Engagement committee member (2018-present)

Berkeley Undergraduate Research Evaluation Tools (BURET) Advisory Board member (2018-present)

College of Engineering's Undergraduate Study Committee (2016-present)

Pre-health Advising committee member (2016-present)

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

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

ChemEd working group (2014-present)

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)

Fall 2020 Instructional Planning Task Force (2020)

Academic Senate's Task Force on Instructional Resilience (2020)

Working Group on Online Examinations and Proctoring (2020-2021)

iGEM Master of Ceremonies (2016- 2019), Responsible Conduct Committee (2019-2020), human practices committee (2015-2018), executive judging committee (2015), judging committee (2013-2014), North American region head judge (2013), and judge (2011 - 2014)

Faculty Advisor to UC Berkeley's Center for Teaching & Learning (2018-2020)

4th Biomedical Engineering Educational Summit participant (May 2019, scheduled)

Director of Teaching and Learning Excellence search committee (2018-2019)

College of Engineering MET director search committee (2018, truncated due to sabbatical)

Bioengineering lecturers (3) hiring committees chair (2018)

Bioengineering MSO hiring committee (2018)

Bioengineering undergraduate affairs officer hiring committee (2018)

College of Engineering Data Science impact task force (2018)

Bioengineering Honors Society Bioengineering High School Competition judge (April 2017)

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

Minner Program in Engineering Ethics summer faculty fellows program coordinator (2016)

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

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)


Future of Learning panelist at Habib University's Faculty Reboot Week (August 2021)

Berkeley Changemaker video module on the scientific method & Changemaker chat (Summer 2021)

Society of Women Engineers & Tau Beta Pi Introduction to Engineering guest speaker (Apr 2021)

The BioE Tea podcast (Jan 2021)

Presentation to Berkeley's PREP program (July 2021, July 2020, July 2018, July 2017)

Keynote Higher Education in a Covid-19 & post-Covid-19 World for Unisinos University (July 2020)

University of Chicago MENG 24700: Biodiagnostics and Biosensors guest speaker (Apr 2019, May 2019)

Showcase of Teaching Innovation and Reinvention (STIR) moderator (May 2019)

Science Riot at the Field Museum of Chicago (Apr 2019)

Center for Teaching & Learning workshop faculty lead at Beijing Foreign Studies University (Dec 2018)

Academic Innovation Studio teaching dialogue panelist: Encouraging a Growth Mindset (Nov 2018)

aGEM workshop judge in Calgary (Sept 2018)

Bay Area Postdoc Symposium talk - “Lies, Damned Lies, and Academic Narratives” (Sept 2018)

Haas Scholars talk - "Presenting Scientific Results" (Aug 2018, Aug 2011)

International student visitor program speaker (Aug 2018)

Taste of Science speaker (Apr 2018)

BCSSA keynote (Apr 2018)

Career Narratives talk for LBNL undergraduate interns (Mar 2018)

Berkeley ANova speaker (Feb 2018)

Thriving in Science speaker (Feb 2018)

Center for Teaching & Learning workshop speaker at the University of Kuwait (Mar 2017)

NPR's Science Friday panelist (Oct 2017, Aug 2016)

Eureka! Science Comedy (June 2017)

National Student Leadership Conference "Introduction to Bioengineering" talks to the Biotech and Engineering programs (2014 - present)

Regents' Overnight Host Program (ROHP) invited speaker (2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014)

Berkeley's Engineering Student Services podcast guest (June 2017)

Tau Beta Pi Engineering Open House speaker (Nov 2017), Engineering Day keynote speaker (Mar 2017, Spring 2013, Fall 2012), professor passtimes speaker (Nov 2015), undergraduate research panelist (Spring 2012, Fall 2011), and advice for graduate school panelist (Fall 2011, Spring 2011, Fall 2010)

Society of Women Engineers Overnight Host Program keynote (Oct 2016), mini-university speaker (Nov 2016, Mar 2016, Nov 2015, Apr 2013, Spring 2012), and New Admits speaker (Apr 2014, Apr 2013)

Silicon Valley Comic-con Science of Science Fiction panel (Apr 2017, Mar 2016)

Building with Biology at the Lawrence Berkeley Hall of Science (Aug 2016)

BioDesign Studio at The Tech Museum of Innovation (July 2016)

National Youth Leadership Forum panel moderator (June 2017, July 2016)

NSF fellowship workshop for Engineering Preview Day (Apr 2016)

Chi Omega faculty dinner (Mar 2016)

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

Berkeley D-lab workshop on Inclusive STEM Classrooms (Mar 2015, Sept 2014)

Nerd Nite Silicon Valley premiere speaker (June 2015), Nerd Nite SF (Feb 2015, Nov 2012), Nerd Nite East Bay (May 2013)

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

NOVUM invited talk (Apr 2015)

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

California Academy of Science - NightLife speaker (Oct 2014)

BAHFest West 2014 (Oct 2014)

Reddit AMA on Synthetic Biology (Oct 2014)

BioBuilder workshop speaker (July 2014)

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 (Apr 2014)

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

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

Stem Cell and Society DeCal invited speaker (Spring 2014)

California Academy of Sciences Nightlife invited speaker (Oct 2013)

Pioneers in Engineering keynote (Mar 2013) and 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 (Aug 2013)

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

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

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

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

Science and Entertainment Exchange consultant - Zero Hour (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)

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

Upward Bound keynote speaker (Spring 2012, Fall 2011)

Biomedical Engineering Society fall reception keynote speaker (Fall 2011)

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)