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Biological engineer Paul Blainey creates new tools to advance biomedical research

October 19, 2019

His technology platforms have benefited genomics, diagnostics and drug screening.

Microfluidics — the science of manipulating tiny amounts of fluid through channels — has been widely used in fields such as genomics, where it has helped to enable high-speed sequencing. Several years ago, Paul Blainey started to wonder why microfluidics was not used for drug screening, another application that requires analyzing huge amounts of samples quickly.


Technique can image individual proteins within synapses

September 26, 2019

Rapid imaging method could help reveal how conditions such as autism affect brain cells.

Our brains contain trillions of synapses — the connections that transmit messages from neuron to neuron. Within these synapses are hundreds of different proteins, and dysfunction of these proteins can lead to conditions such as schizophrenia and autism.

Researchers at MIT and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard have now devised a new way to rapidly image...


CSB Retreat 2019

September 16, 2019

The Computational and Systems Biology Ph.D. Program will hold our annual retreat at the Colony Hotel in picturesque Kennebunkport, ME. Sunday October 13th - Monday October 14th 2019. Our retreat will feature a poster session, lobster buffet, and talks from: CSB students,MIT Faculty and invited external Faculty.

Our Career Panel is Monday from 11:00am - 12:00pm and will feature: Dr. Anders Hansen (MIT) Dr. Seychelle Vos (MIT), Dr. Bryan Bryson (MIT), Dr. Thomas Keating (ImmunoGen, Inc), Dr. Xiao Wang (MIT), Dr. Pulin Li (MIT/WI) and...


Understanding genetic circuits and genome organization

September 12, 2019

Assistant professors Pulin Li and Seychelle Vos are investigating how cells become tissues and the proteins that organize DNA.

MIT’s Department of Biology welcomed two new assistant professors in recent months: Pulin Li began at the Whitehead Institute in May, and Seychelle Vos arrived at Building 68 in September. Their respective expertise in genetic circuits and genome organization will augment the department’s efforts to explore cell biology at all levels — from...