Professor Stephen (Steve) L. Mayo
Bren Professor of Biology and Chemistry
B.S., Pennsylvania State University, 1983; Ph.D., Caltech, 1987. Senior Research Fellow, 1991-92; Assistant Professor, 1992-98; Associate Professor, 1998-2003; Professor, 2003-07; Bren Professor, 2007-. HHMI Assistant Investigator, 1994-2000; HHMI Associate Investigator, 2000-05; HHMI Investigator, 2005-07; Executive Officer for Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, 2004-07; Vice Provost, 2007-10; Division Chair, 2010-12; Bowes Jr. Leadership Chair, 2012-2020.
Steve Mayo is the Bren Professor of Biology and Chemistry at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California. He has been a member of the Caltech faculty since 1992 and served as Vice Provost for Research from 2007 to 2010 and Chair of the Division of Biology and Biological Engineering from 2010 to 2020. Mayo's research focuses on the development of computational approaches to protein engineering -- a field that has broad applications ranging from advanced biofuels to human therapeutics. He co-founded: Molecular Simulations Inc. (currently Accelrys), a computational chemistry company; Xencor, a publicly traded bio-therapeutics company; and, Protabit, a privately held protein engineering company. He was elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences in 2004 for his pioneering contributions in the field of protein design and was appointed by President Obama in March of 2013 to the National Science Board. Just recently, Steve has been elected to Merck's Board of Directors (2021). He received his undergraduate degree in chemistry from the Pennsylvania State University and his Ph.D. in chemistry from Caltech.
Selected Honors and Awards
1988-1989 Miller Research Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley
1993-1998 Rita Allen Foundation Scholar Award
1993-1998 David and Lucile Packard Foundation Fellowship
1994-1997 Searle Scholar Award
1997 Johnson Foundation Prize for Innovative Research in Structural Biology
2004 Elected Member, National Academy of Sciences
2008-2013 National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellowship
2014 Pennsylvania State University Distinguished Alumni Award