Lu selected for NSF CAREER Award towards synthetic gene circuits

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Tim Lu is selected for 2014 NSF CAREER Award

Timothy K. Lu, Assistant Professor leading the Synthetic Biology Group in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Department of Biological Engineering and principal investigator to understand biological cells as state machines leading to insights into natural biological systems and synthetic gene circuits. The work will lead to shared online resources for the wider scientific community and the continued development of a new course Biological Circuit engineering Laboratory (BioCEL) to educate multiple levels (high school, community college and university) at the intersection of biology and engineering. See the NSF award site.

Tim received his S.B. And M.Eng. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT and completed his M.D./Ph.D. training in the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology Program. He is a core member of the Synthetic Biology Center at MIT, Associate Member at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, and co-founder of Sample6 Technologies. He is also affiliated with the MIT CSBi Program, the MIT Microbiology Program, and the Harvard Biophysics Program.

Tim has pioneered new approaches to combat infectious diseases with synthetic biology, encode memory in the DNA of living cells, and perform both digital and analog computation in biological systems. His group’s research focuses on engineering fundamental technologies to enable the scalable design of biological systems and on applying synthetic biology to solve medical and industrial problems. Tim is a recipient of the Henry L. and Grace Doherty Professorship, NIH New Innovator Award, Lemelson-MIT Student Prize for Invention, Army Young Investigator Award, Ellison New Scholar in Aging Award, and Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).