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Timothy Lu seeks to combat disease by reprogramming biological systems

March 4, 2018

Synthetic Biologist hopes to develop treatments for cancer and other diseases.

In high school and college, Timothy Lu spent a lot of time programming computers. But as his college graduation approached, he turned his attention toward programming biological systems. The field of synthetic biology was just beginning to emerge, and he wanted to be part of it.

Since that time, Lu has devoted his career to coming up with novel ways to engineer cells, both bacterial and human, to perform new functions. Using this approach, he hopes to develop...


Scientists deliver high-resolution glimpse of enzyme structure

February 20, 2018

New finding suggests differences in how humans and bacteria control production of DNA's building blocks.

Using a state-of-the-art type of electron microscopy, an MIT-led team has discovered the structure of an enzyme that is crucial for maintaining an adequate supply of DNA building blocks in human cells.

Their new structure also reveals the likely mechanism for how cells regulate the enzyme,...


New type of virus found in the ocean

January 24, 2018

The unusial characteristics of these abundant, bacteria-killing viruses could lead to evolutionary insights.

A type of virus that dominates water samples taken from the world’s oceans has long escaped analysis because it has characteristics that standard tests can’t detect. However, researchers at MIT and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine have now managed to isolate and study representatives of these elusive viruses, which provide a key missing link in virus evolution and play an important role in regulating bacterial populations, as a new...


CSB Thesis Defense

January 17, 2018

Student: Vincent Xue

Lab: Keating

Title:  Modeling and Designing Bcl-2 Family Protein Interactions Using High-Throughput Interaction Data 

Protein-protein interactions (PPIs) play a major role in cellular function, mediating signal processing, and...