Associate Professor, Chemical & Biological Engineering
Dr. Brian Munsky joined the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering in January of 2014. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Aerospace Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University in 2000 and 2002, respectively, and his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 2008.
Following his graduate studies, Dr. Munsky worked at the Los Alamos National Laboratory — as a Director’s Postdoctoral Fellow (2008-2010), as a Richard P. Feynman Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow in Theory and Computing (2010-2013), and as a Staff Scientist (2013).
Dr. Munsky is best known for his discovery of Finite State Projection algorithm, which has enabled the efficient study of probability distribution dynamics for stochastic gene regulatory networks. Dr. Munsky’s research interests at CSU are in the integration of stochastic models with single-cell experiments to identify predictive models of gene regulatory systems. Dr. Munsky has received several prestigious grants including the WM Keck Foundation Medical Research Grant, the NIH-NIGMS Maximizing Investigator Research Award, and the NSF CAREER award.
Dr. Munsky is the contact organizer of the internationally recognized, NSF-funded Undergraduate Quantitative Biology (UQ-Bio) summer school, where he runs a 3-week summer course on measurement, analysis, and modeling of single-cell gene regulation (q-bio.org).