Neel Joshi is an Associate Professor of Biological Engineering at the Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and also a Core Faculty member at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering. He completed his Ph.D. in chemistry at UC Berkeley in the lab of Matt Francis and a postdoc at Boston University in the lab of Mark Grinstaff before starting a position at Harvard. He is broadly interested in topics related to biologically inspired materials, protein engineering, self-assembly, and biointerfaces. His group works at the intersection of biomaterials science and synthetic biology. Recent projects in the group have focused on repurposing bacterial biofilms and their matrix proteins for biotechnological and biomedical applications. A new direction within the group explores the potential for creating bio-inorganic hybrid systems that leverage the light harvesting efficiency of semiconductors with the biosynthetic potential of living cells to create engineered systems with enhanced functionalities.