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Programmable Bio-Digital Organ


Term:

IAP and Spring

Department:

MAS: Media Arts and Sciences

Faculty Supervisor:

Pattie Maes, David S Kong

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Contact:

patpat@media.mit.edu

Project Description

The MIT Media Lab’s Fluid Interfaces group designs seamless interfaces for human augmentation. Building upon research from neuroscience, biotechnology, and machine learning, the Fluid Interfaces group designs systems that help us exploit the untapped powers of human body to supplement our natural abilities to support attention, memory, emotion regulation, creativity, learning, decision making and more. The group designs wearable and immersive systems that enhance people's cognitive abilities to enable them to maximize their potential. While there have been attempts in developing wearable diagnostics and on body drug administration devices, we explored the use of wearables to produce biomolecules that could potentially be directly administered to the human body. Such a technology could enable personalized, on-demand production of therapeutics and biomolecules, potentially reducing the requirement of certain lab equipment and refrigeration for production and distribution. We are seeking motivational UROP(s) who are interested in working on a novel “Programmable Bio-Digital Organ”, a wearable platform for biological synthesis and production on body. You will be responsible for designing and testing synthetic biological circuits on wearable device. You will gain experience of working in an anti-disciplinary setting: learn to integrate your work in field different from yours. This position is for Fall/IAP/Spring with potential for a longer term commitment.Enter a brief description of your UROP project Contact: Pat Pataranutaporn: patpat@media.mit.edu

Pre-requisites

The project is open to students majoring in biochemistry, microbiology, bioengineering, synthetic biology, and other relevant fields. The UROP should have solid experience in one of the areas : gene cloning, cell culture, molecular biology, biological circuit design, and synthetic biology. Please provide details on any prerequisites or skills required for this UROP