Prof. Liu is a new affiliated PI at Synberc, an NSF-sponsored Synthetic Biology Center directed by Jay Keasling. Synberc brings together some of the top synthetic biology labs in the United States to establish the foundations of the new field through collaborative research and education. Arjun and Xiang recently presented posters at the Synberc fall meeting at MIT.
Alex Javanpour and Kathryn Scannell join our team. Alex comes to us from UC Berkeley, where he majored in Bioengineering. For his undergraduate research, Alex used molecular dynamics models to study HIV RNA nuclear export in the Mofrad Lab. Kathryn comes to us from Canada, with degrees in Biology (from McGill) and Mathematics (from University of Waterloo). Along with Profs. Brian Ingalls and Matt Scott, Kathryn investigated the dependence of bistable gene circuits on growth rate. Welcome!
Keoni Gandall, a precocious 14-year-old do-it-yourself synthetic biologist, joins our lab. Keoni recently took first place in the Microbiology division at the California State Science Fair with his project Engineering Pink Salt. He designed a method for genetic engineering of Halobacterium NCR-1 from his home lab.