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Otto Cordero Studies Bacteria in the Wild

June 1, 2019

The MIT associate professor wants to understand microbial communitites in their ecological context.

As he tells it, there’s been no grand design to Otto Cordero’s career path. Instead, the MIT associate professor says, there’s been “a lot of serendipity.”

Cordero knew from an early age that he wanted a career in science. But in Ecuador, where he grew up...


CSB Thesis Defense

May 15, 2019

The Computational and Systems Biology PhD Program is proud to announce the following CSB Thesis Defense:

Natasha Patel-Murray

Fraenkel Lab

Date: Friday, May 17th

Time: 11am - 12pm

Location: 16-220

Title: Understanding Neurodegenerative Disease-Relevant Molecular Effects of Perturbagens Using a Multi-Omics Approach

Abstract: The complex cellular pathways implicated in neurodegenerative diseases are not fully understood. Chemical and genetic perturbagens can probe these molecular pathways to shed insight about the diseases or...


CSB Thesis Defense

May 14, 2019

The Computational and Systems Biology PhD Program is proud to announce the following thesis defense:

Jonathan Teo

Sarpeshkar Lab

Date: Thursday May 16, 2019, 3PM

Room: 36-428

Title: Synthetic Analog Feedback Control Circuits in Living Cells


Models of biochemical reaction networks in cells are important for advancing our understanding of complex biological systems and for designing functional synthetic biological circuits. However, most models are based on a deterministic digital framework that is largely...


The fluid that feeds tumor cells

April 16, 2019

The substance that bathes tumors in the body is quite different from the medium used to grow cancer cells in the lab, biologists report. 

Before being tested in animals or humans, most cancer drugs are evaluated in tumor cells grown in a lab dish. However, in recent years, there has been a growing realization that the environment in which these cells are grown does...