José Avalos

Associate Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment


Office: Hoyt Chemical Laboratory, 101

Phone: 609-258-

Research interests: Biotechnology: Use of synthetic biology and metabolic engineering to address important problems in sustainable energy, the environment, industry, and human health.


  • Dense rows of low crops growing in a field, with trees in the distance and a clear blue sky.

    Princeton IP Accelerator funding awarded to support promising new technologies

  • Three researchers in lab coats examine a sample while one points at the material

    Transforming microbes into factories for the future

  • Montano Lopez standing with his multimedia research presentation display at the conference.

    Designing yeasts to make cleaner fuels earns grad student an innovation award at COP28

  • Jose Avalos, Chris Gonzalez, Tess Kichuk in wearing lab coats looking at Petri dish in lab

    New bioengineering Ph.D. program harnesses ‘uniquely collaborative’ community

  • Group of researchers gathered around computer screen in a lab.

    At new institute, quest for better lives starts with curiosity

  • Foam board with a pinned grasshopper specimen, with wings extended, and four rows with different colors and shapes of synthetic wings under investigation for flying robots.

    Innovation funds support research in robotics, machine learning, climate resilience and more


  • Professor and student work together in lab setting.

    Chemical and Biological Engineering

  • Faculty member, seated at end of row of colleagues, leads panel discussion.

    Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment

  • Six people in lab looking toward camera.

    Omenn-Darling Bioengineering Institute