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BioE Seminar Series: Ahmad Khalil, PhD
Thursday, November 3, 2022 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Ahmad Khalil, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Boston University
My research seeks to understand the design principles of living systems by creating and analyzing synthetic ones in the laboratory. Our team develops synthetic biology approaches to rationally construct and dissect the molecular circuits that control gene regulation in eukaryotes, work that has resulted in fundamental discoveries on transcription regulation and epigenetic memory and led to platforms for creating programmable cellular therapies to address pressing human diseases. In addition, our team develops powerful automation technologies, such as the eVOLVER, that enable researchers to perform laboratory evolution at unprecedented scale. We are applying these technologies to recreate the evolutionary histories of biological systems in the laboratory and to harness the power of evolution to generate biomolecules with new and improved functions for a variety of applications. Finally, we are working to distribute and democratize access to the eVOLVER platform (and other technologies we develop), so that researchers worldwide can easily build their own tools and undertake creative new laboratory experiments.