Anas Chalah, PhD

Assistant Dean for Teaching and Learning, John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University

Anas Chalah is the Assistant Dean for Teaching and Learning at the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) at Harvard University, overseeing undergraduate active learning laboratories, and mechanical and electronic student machine shops. Chalah is a member of the SEAS executive research and teaching team, and a lecturer on engineering sciences. He is an active member of Harvard's Teaching and Learning Consortium, which provides policy recommendations on substantive issues of teaching and learning as well as academic strategic planning.

At SEAS, Chalah leads a team of engineers to enrich and broaden the intellectual landscape in a variety of areas of active learning including mechanical, electrical, biological, and environmental engineering education, as well as applied physics and applied math. In the process, Chalah and his team work with faculty to develop and implement new course lab components, training students and teaching fellows on the use of good design and engineering practices, as well as advising and assisting students with their junior and senior design projects.

Chalah received his doctoral degree in chemistry from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He did his graduate thesis on revealing the mechanism by which bacterial sensing and cell signaling is amplified. He joined Harvard Medical School (HMS)/Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center where his postdoctoral work focused on cancer biology and signaling to understand the mechanism by which cancer cells are able to switch between cellular survival and programmed death pathways. Prior to HMS, Chalah served as the senior director of the undergraduate teaching laboratories at the University of Massachusetts chemistry department. While earning his PhD, Chalah directed six undergraduate teaching labs and supervised the teaching staff.


  • PhD University of Massachusetts, Amherst