David A.C. Beck

Research Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering (Primary department)
Adjunct Associate Professor, Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering
Adjunct Research Associate Professor, Env. and Occ. Health Sciences
David Beck is Director of Research for Life Sciences with the eScience Institute, the UW’s nexus for Data Science and Research Assistant Professor in Chemical Engineering. He received his BS in Computer Science from Drexel University in 2000 and Ph.D. from the University of Washington in Biomolecular Structure & Design from Medicinal Chemistry in 2006. He did a post-doc in the Bioengineering department, also at UW, and joined the eScience Institute in 2009 and Chemical Engineering in 2011. The Beck Research Lab works on a variety of science problems at the intersection of Data Science, biology and chemistry with applications in energy, health and the environment.

Contact Information

University of Washington
Benjamin Hall IRB, Room 440
Seattle, WA 98105-
Tel: 206-221-0709


Research Interests

  • Systems biology of microbes and microbial consortia relevant to energy, the environment and health. *omics and meta*omics for understanding and engineering microbes and microbial communities.

Teaching interests

*omics and meta*omics; Bioinformatics; Data Science; Software Engineering


PhD, Biomolecular St & Des, Medical Chem, University of Washington, 2006
BS, Computer Science, Drexel University, 2000


Gut microbiome and health as related to obesity, IBD / cancer
Microbial bioremediation of wastewater and industrial waste
Microbial ecology of methane consuming and producing populations in the environment
Machine learning and generative algorithms for the creation of biologically friendly functionalized molecules
Selected Publications

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