Tyler Johannes, Ph.D., P.E. - The University of Tulsa
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Tyler Johannes, Ph.D., P.E.

Chair of Chemical Engineering

Wayne B. Rumley Endowed Chair in Chemical Engineering


Tyler Johannes is a Professor and the Wayne Banes Rumley Chair of Chemical Engineering at The University of Tulsa. His professional expertise centers on the research areas of directed evolution, synthetic biology, algae biofuels, and carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS). Johannes earned his B.S. in chemical engineering from Oklahoma State University and an M.S. and Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois. He is a licensed professional engineer in Oklahoma.

The Johannes Lab is dedicated to advancing the frontiers of directed evolution, synthetic biology, algae biofuels, and CCUS. The research work has been supported by substantial funding from various sources, including grants from the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology, and industry partners.

Awards and Honors

  • Tau Beta Pi Teaching Excellence Award, The University of Tulsa (2013, 2022)


  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Illinois, 2008
  • M.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Illinois, 2005
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, Oklahoma State University, 2002

Research interests and areas of expertise

  • Directed evolution
  • Synthetic biology
  • Algae biofuels
  • Carbon capture, utilization, and storage