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Deirdre Meldrum

Deirdre Meldrum

Director, Center for Biosignatures Discover Automation, Biodesign Institute


School of Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering
Arizona State University
PO Box 876501
Tempe, AZ 85287-6501


  • Senior Global Futures Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
  • Director, Center for Biosignatures Discover Automation, Biodesign Institute
  • Professor, School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering


Deirdre Meldrum, Senior Scientist for Arizona State University, is also director of the Center for Biosignatures Discovery Automation at the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University. In addition, Meldrum directs a National Institutes of Health Center of Excellence in Genomic Science. Her research interests include genome automation, microscale systems for biological applications, ecogenomics, robotics and control systems.

Professor Meldrum served as Dean of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering from 2007 to 2010. Before joining ASU in 2007, Meldrum had been on the faculty of the University of Washington in Seattle since 1992, where she founded and directed UW's Genomation Laboratory. She is a member of the National Advisory Council for Human Genome Research, which advises the Department of Health and Human Services, the National Institutes of Health and the National Human Genome Research Institute.


  • PhD, Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, 1993
  • MS, Electrical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1985
  • BS, Civil Engineering, University of Washington, 1983


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Journal Articles


Wang, D., S. Pugh, D. R. Nielsen, W. Zhang and D. R. Meldrum. 2013. Engineering cyanobacteria for photosynthetic production of 3-hydroxybutyrate directly from CO2. Metabolic Engineering 16:68-77. DOI: 10.1016/j.ymben.2013.01.001. (link )