Ranjan Srivastava is Professor and Head of the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Connecticut. Additionally, he holds appointments in Biomedical Engineering and Environmental Engineering. He is also a faculty member of the Head and Neck Cancer/Oral Oncology Program at the University of Connecticut Health Center. Dr. Srivastava received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Maryland-College Park. He held a joint post-doctoral fellowship in Chemical Engineering and Oncology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he was an NIH Trainee. His research focus is on the understanding and application of evolutionary dynamics, whether “wet” or computational/algorithmic, to systems and synthetic biology. To that end, his group has used evolutionary approaches to evolve new mathematical models of biological systems, curate existing models at the genome scale via evolutionary algorithms, and optimize bioprocessing strategies.