Incoming EECS faculty member and principal investigator in the Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE) Tim Lu, is one of the 2010 Technology Review magazine’s annual winners of the world’s top innovators under the age of 35. Lu is one of three from MIT (out of 35) elected for TR35 2010 from more than 300 nominees by a panel of expert judges and the editorial staff of Technology Review.
Lu is well known to MIT, Boston and audiences worldwide for his work on inventing processes to combat bacterial infections by enhancing the effectiveness of antibiotics--work accomplished as he was earning both an MD and PhD (from the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology) and for which he was awarded the $30,000 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize in 2008.
Tim Lu, assistant professor of electrical engineering and one of four new EECS faculty members, is heading the Synthetic Biology Group in RLE. Efforts in this research group will be focused on advancing fundamental designs and applications for synthetic biology. Lu and his team will be using principles inspired by electrical engineering and computer science to develop new techniques for constructing, probing, modulating, and modeling engineered biological circuits. Their current target application areas include infectious diseases, amyloid-associated conditions, and cancer.
Congratulations and welcome Tim!
MIT News Office, Feb. 27, 2008 article: "Bacteria beware: MIT student invents knock-out punch for antibiotic resistance."