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BME WEBINAR: James J. Collins, PhD, MIT – RICHARD SKALAK LECTURE
March 26, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
On Friday, March 26th @ 11:00AM EST, we welcome Termeer Professor of Medical Engineering and Science at MIT, Jim Collins, as he presents our distinguished Richard Skalak Bioengineering Lecture, “Synthetic Biology: Life Redesigned.”
(Read about the history of the Richard Skalak Bioengineering Lecture here.)
ABOUT THE WEBINAR
Synthetic biology is bringing together engineers, physicists and biologists to model, design and construct biological circuits out of proteins, genes and other bits of DNA, and to use these circuits to rewire and reprogram organisms. These re-engineered organisms are going to change our lives in the coming years, leading to cheaper drugs, rapid diagnostic tests, and synthetic probiotics to treat infections and a range of complex diseases. In this talk, we highlight recent efforts to create synthetic gene networks and programmable cells, and discuss a variety of synthetic biology applications in biotechnology and biomedicine.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
James J. Collins, Ph.D., Termeer Professor of Medical Engineering and Science, Institute for Medical Engineering & Science, Department of Biological Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard; Wyss Institute, Harvard University
Jim Collins is the Termeer Professor of Medical Engineering & Science and Professor of Biological Engineering at MIT, as well as a Member of the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences & Technology Faculty. He is also a Core Founding Faculty member of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University, and an Institute Member of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. He is one of the founders of the field of synthetic biology, and his research group is currently focused on using synthetic biology to create next-generation diagnostics and therapeutics. Professor Collins’ patented technologies have been licensed by over 25 biotech, pharma and medical devices companies, and he has helped to launch a number of companies, including Synlogic (NASDAQ: SYBX). He has received numerous awards and honors, including a Rhodes Scholarship and a MacArthur “Genius” Award, and he is an elected member of all three national academies – the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the National Academy of Medicine.
ABOUT THE 2020-2021 BME WEBINAR SERIES
The Department of Biomedical Engineering at Columbia University is proud to host an annual weekly webinar series on the latest developments and research in Biomedical Engineering. The weekly series takes place on Friday mornings at 11:00AM Eastern and includes a variety of renowned academics invited from top universities to talk about their specific research and experience.