Work to focus on biologically inspired underwater adhesives using synthetic biology
Professor Timothy K. Lu, assistant professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and the Department of Biological Engineering at MIT and principal investigator in the Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE) at MIT is one of 16 young researchers selected by the Navy’s Office of Naval Research (ONR) as a Young Investigator. The ONR Young Investigator Prize (YIP) program is designed to attract young scientists and engineers who show exceptional promise for outstanding research and teaching careers.
Prof. Lu, the Henry L. Grace Doherty Assistant Professor in Ocean Utilization in EECS, was selected for his work titled “Biologically Inspired Engineering of Underwater Adhesives with Synthetic Biology.” Lu and his group, the Synthetic Biology Group, are interested in using bacteria to build materials that can act as ultra-strong and healable underwater adhesives. This project builds upon the Lu lab’s core expertise in synthetic biology to mine biological materials and assemble them together into multifunctional systems. Recent Lu lab research includes creating novel integrated biological circuits to implement digital logic, analog computations, and memory.
Tim Lu received his undergraduate and MEng degrees from MIT in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He obtained an MD from Harvard Medical School and PhD from the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology Medical Engineering and Medical Physics Program. Tim has received the Lemelson-MIT Student Prize, the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the NIH New Innovator Award, the Army Young Investigator Award, and the Ellison Medical Foundation New Scholar in Aging Award.