M. Scott Shell

M. Scott Shell

Vice Chair, Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering


(805) 893-4346
3321 Engineering II

University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106


UCSB AS Distinguished Teaching Award; 80 seminal papers in the J. of Chemical Physics' 80th Anniversary Collection; Sloan Research Fellowship; NSF CAREER Award, Camille and Henry Dreyfus New faculty Award


Bioengineering, Modeling, Theory & Simulation

Molecular simulation and theory to understand multi-scale, hierarchical interactions in complex biomolecular systems, with a specific focus on proteins and peptides. the Shell group develops general methods for predicting peptide structure and self-assembly behavior, and is designing new approaches for linking simulations and theories across multiple length and time scales in fundamental, rigorous ways. Folding and design principles in proteins; peptide structure, association, self-assembly, and aggregation; and the role of water and the hydrophobic interaction in driving biological recognition and self-assembly processes.


PhD Chemical Engineering, Princeton University 
BS Chemical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University