Laura Jarboe

Cargill Professor
Iowa State University


Laura Jarboe is the Cargill Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Iowa State University and a member of the Interdepartmental Microbiology Graduate Program. Jarboe has been at Iowa State since 2008 and has authored more than 60 publications. The main focus of the Jarboe lab is engineering of microbial cell factories for improved robustness in industrially relevant conditions, with a recent focus on membrane engineering.

Outside of ISU, Jarboe is Treasurer of the Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology (SIMB) and is an Associate Editor for Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology and for Biotechnology Notes. She is also an active member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).

Jarboe also has a strong commitment to service and diversity, having been involved with a number of K-12 & community college outreach programs and as a founding member of the SIMB diversity committee.


  • Present2020

    Cargill Professor of Chemical Engineering

    Chemical and Biological Engineering, Iowa State University

  • 20182016


    Interdepartmental Microbiology Program, Iowa State University

  • 20202014

    Associate Professor

    Chemical and Biological Engineering, Iowa State University

  • 20162014

    Associate Chair

    Interdepartmental Microbiology Program, Iowa State University

  • 20162013

    Karen and Denny Vaughn Faculty Fellow

    Iowa State University

  • 20142008

    Assistant Professor

    Iowa State University

Professional Preparation

  • 2006-2008

    Microbiology and Cell Science

    University of Florida

  • Ph.D. 2006

    Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

    University of California, Los Angeles

  • B.S. 2000

    Chemical Engineering

    University of Kentucky

Honors & Awards

  • 2021
    ISU Award for Mid-Career Achievement in Research
  • 2020
    Outstanding Achievement in Teaching, ISU College of Engineering
  • 2017
    Poster Award, ISU Faculty Research Day
    ISU Faculty Research Day celebrates our outstanding research accomplishments, exchange ideas, discover connections, and helps create the future of Iowa State’s interdisciplinary grand challenge research areas.
  • 2015
    Iowa NSF EPSCoR Leadership in Outreach & Mentoring Award
    Iowa NSF EPSCoR uses the Leadership in Outreach and Mentoring Award to recognize faculty and staff who are examplary in broadening participation in STEM through outreach and/or development of students as teachers, scholars and professionals.
  • 2015
    Iowa Energy Center Impact Award
    Every year the Iowa Energy Center selects four leaders in energy research and innovation, one for each of our main focus areas: bioenergy, education and outreach, energy efficiency and renewable energy.
  • 2012-14
    ISU CBE student AIChE chapter 'You Make This Class Bearable' award
    In appreciate for her effort in undergraduate instruction, as chosen by one of her students.
  • 2005
    University of California, Los Angeles Dissertation Year Fellowship
  • 1995-2000
    University of Kentucky Commonwealth Scholarship