BioE Seminar - Synthetic Biology: From Parts to Modules to Therapeutic Systems
Thursday, January 29, 2015
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Fitzpatrick Center Schiciano Auditorium Side B
Ron Weiss, Ph.D. Professor, Biological Engineering, MIT
Abstract: Synthetic biology is revolutionizing how we conceptualize and approach the engineering of biological systems. Recent advances in the field are allowing us to expand beyond the construction and analysis of small gene networks towards the implementation of complex multicellular systems with a variety of applications. In this talk I will describe our integrated computational / experimental approach to engineering complex behavior in a variety of cells, with a focus on mammalian cells. In our research, we appropriate design principles from electrical engineering and other established fields. These principles include abstraction, standardization, modularity, and computer aided design. But we also spend considerable effort towards understanding what makes synthetic biology different from all other existing engineering disciplines and discovering new design and construction rules that are effective for this unique discipline.