Palsson is the Galetti Professor of Bioengineering and the Principal Investigator of the Systems Biology Research Group in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of California, San Diego. He has co-authored more than 300 peer-reviewed research articles and has authored or co-authored two textbooks, with one more in press. His research includes the development of methods to analyze metabolic dynamics (flux-balance analysis, and modal analysis), and the formulation of complete models of selected cells (the red blood cell, E. coli, hybridoma, and several human pathogens). He sits on the editorial broad of several leading peer-reviewed microbiology, bioengineering, and biotechnology journals. He previously held a faculty position at the University of Michigan for 11 years and was named the G.G. Brown Associate Professor at Michigan in 1989, a Fulbright fellow in 1995, and an Ib Henriksen Fellow in 1996. He is the author of 38 U.S. patents, and is the co-founder of several biotechnology companies. He holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Dr. Palsson is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and was recently voted in as a Fellow of the AAAS.