Domitilla Del Vecchio

Faculty Title: 

Assoicate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Member, Synthetic Biology Center


  • Mechanical Engineering (Mech E)



Phone Number: 

(617) 452-2275


Faculty Bio: 

Domitilla Del Vecchio received her Ph. D. degree in Control and Dynamical Systems from the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, and the Laurea degree in Electrical Engineering (Automation) from the University of Rome at Tor Vergata in 2005 and 1999, respectively. From 2006 to 2010, she was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and in the Center for Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. In 2010, she joined Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where she is currently an Associate Professor and member of the Synthetic Biology Center. She is a recipient of the 2016 Bose Research Award (MIT), the Donald P. Eckman Award from the American Automatic Control Council (2010), the NSF Career Award (2007), the American Control Conference Best Student Paper Award (2004), and the Bank of Italy Fellowship (2000). 

Research Areas: 

Research Summary: 

Del Vecchio’s lab is broadly interested in the analysis and design  of genetic networks, from fully synthetic circuits to circuits that interface with  endogenous cellular regulatory networks. We are specifically focusing on the problem of context-dependence of genetic circuits and on ways to mitigate it through feedback control design. Our main driving application is the design of genetic circuits to control cell fate transitions for regenerative medicine applications.