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Biological Engineering Education Series: Develop Lab Modules and Workshops




20: Biological Engineering

Faculty Supervisor:

Justin Buck

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Maxine Jonas: jonas_m@mit.edu

Project Description

Leave your mark on education in Biological Engineering! “Biological Engineering Education Series: Laboratory Modules and Workshops” will partner you with mentors to fortify existing materials and develop new materials to be taught in Course 20 core lab classes (20.109 and 20.309) and in the Huang-Hobbs BioMakers Space. Through thirteen proposed experiential learning opportunities (ELOs, listed below), you’ll be contributing your talents to make the MIT community at large discover and understand the stunning power of biological engineering! Let us know which projects sound most attractive to you and apply by filling out this application form! 1. Ethical and societal bioengineering case studies (in support of all BE core courses) 2. Neuroengineering (in support of 20.109): develop experimental framework for teaching neurodegeneration / regeneration 3. Code translation from Matlab to Python, to model noise and particle tracking in microscopy (in support of 20.309) 4. Machine learning algorithms to enhance image analysis (in support of 20.309) 5. Computational materials to teach observational noise and add statistics to models (in support of 20.309) 6. Advanced bacterial photography / optogenetic E. coli (in support of BioMakers Space) 7. Bio-electrochemical systems workshop (in support of BioMakers Space) 8. Expansion microscopy workshop (in support of BioMakers Space) 9. DNA origami & atomic force microscopy workshop (in support of BioMakers Space) 10. CRISPR workshop (in support of BioMakers Space) 11. BioBots: 3D printing of muscle tissue (in support of BioMaker Space) 12. Yeast surface display & lateral flow assay (in support of BioMaker Space) 13. Other workshops & student-initiated projects (in support of BioMakers Space) Apply by December 31, 2020 for IAP or by January 31, 2021 for spring work by filling out this application form (https://forms.gle/oGN8AN9p8SvbrPsJA), or email Dr. Maxine Jonas (jonas_m@mit.edu) for further clarification. Follow-up, interviews, and candidate selection will be completed by January 8, 2021 for IAP or February 5, 2021 for spring.


While all are welcome to apply, preferences for positions are listed below. • The ideal candidate is a Sophomore, Junior, or Senior MIT student majoring in a relevant field of study (e.g. Course 20, Course 10, Course 7, Course 6, etc). • Students should have a strong background and experience in biological wet laboratory techniques for BioMakers Space workshop development. Experience with the techniques or applications demonstrated in the modules is a strong plus. For modules related to courses, preference will be given to students who have already completed that course. • Teamwork and excellent communication skills will be paramount to success. • All projects will be academically intensive and rigorous. Students will be expected to be highly motivated, have strong work ethics, and work 6-10 h/week (or 80-140 hours in total) on each project, from 12/1/2020 to 1/31/2021 or from 1/1/2021 to 5/31/2021. • Students will receive UROP credit, or a UROP hourly wage at an hourly rate of $13.50 (or $1000-$1900 for the semester). • These projects will be carried out remotely or on-campus in-person for students with COVID-Pass access.