Matthew J. Farber, PhD

Matthew J. Farber, PhD

Matthew J. Farber PhD

Director of the Brewing Science Certificate Program

Assistant Professor of Biology


BS magna cum laude, Biology, Seton Hall University

PhD, Cellular and Molecular Biology, University of Pittsburgh

Teaching Postdoctoral Fellow, University of the Sciences

Research Interests

  • Measurement and manipulation of proteases relevant to fermentation sciences.
  • Real-time analysis of protease activity in cell culture models.
  • Identification and engineering of novel fermenting microbes.
  • Development of inquiry-based, research-focused curriculum.


Dr. Matthew Farber created the Brewing Science Certificate Program at University of the Sciences when he was a Teaching Postdoctoral Fellow under Dr. Peter Berget. While a postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Farber designed and instructed the graduate Biotechnology courses, integrating student-driven, inquiry-based research into the lab.  Dr. Farber’s research aims to develop biotechnological applications for the improvement of fermentation quality and practice, with a focus on proteases and their influence on beer quality.  He is a member of and has presented at the American Society of Brewing Chemists, Master Brewers Association, and American Homebrewers Association.

Selected Scholarly Activity

Farber, MJ. “Biotechnology, Biosensors, and Beer: The measurement of proteases relevant to brewing.” Proceedings of the American Society of Brewing Chemists (2014).

Farber, M.J., Berget, P.B. “Engineering a biosensor to detect a secreted yeast protease in beer.” Proceedings of the Master Brewers Association of the Americas (2013).

Farber, M.J. “Clear and Foam Beer: Better Brewing Through Biotechnology and Biosensors.”  Oral Presentation at Philadelphia Science Festival: West Philly Flash Talks (2013).

Farber, M.J., Stewert, A.N., Pandya, R.G., Berget, P.B.  “A modular platform technology for engineering fluorescent protease biosensors.” Poster presentation at PABio Life Sciences Future Conference (2013).

Farber, M.J., Rizaldy R., Hildebrand J.D. “Shroom2 regulates contractility to control endothelial morphogenesis.”  MBoC (2011).

Contact Information

Office location: McNeil Science & Technology Center, Room 369
Mailing address: Box # 38
University of Sciences
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495
Office Phone: 215-596-7452
Office Fax: 215-596-8710

m [dot] farber [at] usciences [dot] edu