Craig Laufer

Craig Laufer
  • Undergraduate Faculty
  • Graduate Faculty

Co-chair of the Department of Biology

Professor of Biology

Co-director of the Honors Program

Hodson Science and Technology Center, Room 160


My doctoral and post-doctoral research focused on bacterial genetics, specifically related to DNA topoisomerases and genetic recombination. As a graduate student, I just happened to be sitting in the right meeting at the right time and fell into an opportunity to teach a class. This bit of serendipity was a turning point in my life as I realized how rewarding teaching was for me. In addition to my research, I made sure to continue teaching as a postdoctoral fellow and from there I came to Hood.

My research interests have evolved over time and I am currently working with a collection of molecular genetic methods to engineer proteins. My students and I are engineering enzymes with properties suitable to convert lignocellulosic biomass into valuable products such as biofuels.



  • Ph.D., Kent State University, 1984, Biochemistry
  • B.S., University of Maryland, 1979, Biochemistry and Zoology