Principal Investigator

Mark Bathe
Associate Professor, Department of Biological Engineering, MIT
Associate Member, Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard
Member, MIT Center for Environmental Health Sciences
Member, MIT Center for Excitonics
Member, MIT Center for Neurobiological Engineering

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Administrative Assistant

Darlene Ray
Senior Administrative Assistant
Department of Biological Engineering

Postdoctoral Researchers

Dr. James L. Banal
Ph.D., Physical and Materials Chemistry, University of Melbourne

Programmable Excitonic Systems on DNA Nanostructures
Excitons are mediators in both absorption and emission of light. Mastering the flow of excitons is the “holy grail” of light-harvesting systems, which include photovoltaic devices and microscopy probes. I am programming DNA nanostructures for control of nanoscale energy transport and investigation of new optical properties.

Dr. William Bricker
Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Washington

Excitonics of Multi-chromophore-DNA Assemblies
I am designing and analyzing DNA-based multi-chromophore assemblies for nanoscale energy transfer, light-harvesting and biosensing applications.

Syuan-Ming Guo
Ph.D., Chemistry, MIT

Phenotypic Profiling of Neuronal Synaptic Proteins
Synaptic proteins regulate a wide range of activities central to neurotransmission including homeostasis, trans-synaptic cell-adhesion, and vesicle-mediated neurotransmitter release. I am using multiplexed fluorescence imaging to characterize synaptic proteins in neuronal circuits using nucleic acid based imaging probes.

Dr. Hyungmin Jun
Ph.D., Engineering Mechanics, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)

Structural DNA Nanotechnology
I am developing sequence design procedures to render arbitrary 3D nanostructures using synthetic DNA.

Dr. Tyson Shepherd
Ph.D., Biochemistry, University of Iowa

DNA and RNA Nanotechnology
I am developing design and synthesis approaches to engineer structured DNA and RNA assemblies for applications in biomolecular science and technology.

Dr. Rémi Veneziano
Ph.D., Biology-Health, University of Montpellier II

Structured DNA Assemblies for Vaccines and Delivery
I am using structured DNA assemblies to organize antigens, peptides, and lipids for immune cell stimulation in vaccine development and targeted cellular delivery.

Dr. Martin Tomov
Ph.D., Nanoscale and Materials Engineering, University at Albany, SUNY
Co-advised by Lee Rubin, Harvard Stem Cell Institute

Phenotypic Profiling of iPSC-derived Neurons
I am designing microfluidic systems to enable multiplexed fluorescence imaging of iPSC-derived neurons to model psychiatric disease.

Graduate Students

Zachary Barry
co-advised by Ethan Garner, Harvard MCB
Ph.D. Candidate, Biological Engineering

Bacterial Cell Wall Synthesis
Peptidoglycan synthesis plays a central role in bacterial and yeast cell growth. I am applying super-resolution fluorescence imaging in collaboration with the Garner lab to extract chemical mechanisms of cell wall growth using single-particle trajectory analysis, fluorescence fluctuation analysis, and Bayesian inference.

Simon Gordonov
co-advised by Douglas Lauffenburger, MIT BE
Ph.D. Candidate, Biological Engineering

Modeling Morphological Complexity and Signaling Localization in Cell Migration
I combine experiment and computation to model sub-cellular localization of signaling pathway components, morphology, and motility responses during cell migration.

Sakul Ratanalert
Ph.D. Candidate, Chemical Engineering

Structural DNA Nanotechnology
DNA can be programmed to self-assemble into diverse nanoscale geometries. Functionality can be programmed by scaffolding secondary molecules to create systems such as multi-enzyme cascades, biological delivery vehicles, and nanoscale energy transport systems. I am using a combination of computational modeling and experiment to distill thermodynamic principles driving folding pathways and stability of these assemblies.


Matthew Adendorff
Co-founder GMA Innovations
Lead Technologist Open Data Durban

Etienne Boulais
Postdoctoral Research Associate
University of Montreal

Philip Bransford
Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Arkajit Dey
Twitter, Inc.

Philipp Diesinger
Management Consultant

Changsun Eun
Samsung, Inc.

Stavros Gaitanaros
Assistant Professor
Johns Hopkins University

Jun He
Opera Solutions, Inc.

Do-Nyun Kim
Assistant Professor
Seoul National University

Aprotim Mazumder
Assistant Professor
TCIS, TIFR Hyderabad

Nilah Monnier
Computational, Evolutionary, and Human Genomics Postdoctoral Research Fellow Stanford University

Elizabeth Perley
Software Engineer
Google, Inc.

Reza Sharifi Sedeh
General Electric Research, Inc.

Kirill Titievsky
Google, Inc.

Lun Yang
The MathWorks, Inc.

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