MIT: Independent Activities Period: IAP

IAP 2014 Activities by Sponsor - Biological Engineering

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How to get the most from the Koch Institute Bioinformatics Support and Computational Resources

Charlie Whittaker, KI Bioinformatics and Computing Core Facility Research, Jingzhi Zhu, KI Bioinformatics and Computing Core Facility Researcher

Jan/27 Mon 09:00AM-11:00AM 14N-132 DIRC

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Sign-up by 01/27
Limited to 40 participants
Prereq: This session is open to Researchers affiliated with Koch Ins

The Koch Institute Bioinformatics and Computing Core Facility provides researchers with support for various computational recourses. These resources include a Linux compute cluster, extensive data storage and a wide range of applications. Please sign up for this session if you are a researcher affiliated with the Koch Institute, MIT Biology Department, MIT Center for Environmental Health Sciences or MIT Biological Engineering and are interested in learning how to get the most from the support we provide. We will cover IT-related topics such as cluster usage and storage access as well as provide general examples of bioinformatics analytical pipelines.

Registeration Required.

Note: This session is open to Researchers affiliated with Koch Institute Member Laboratories, MIT Biology Department, MIT Center for Environmental Health Sciences or MIT Biological Engineering.

Sponsor(s): Biology, Biological Engineering, Libraries
Contact: Courtney Crummett, 14S-134, 617 324-8290, CRUMMETT@MIT.EDU

iGEM: Synthetic Biology IAP 2014

Katie Bodner, Kristjan Eerik Kaseniit, Kyle Lathem, Richard Nelson Hall, Brandon Nadres, Chamille Lescott

Enrollment: Apply online at:
Sign-up by 12/24
Attendance: Participants must attend all sessions
Prereq: 7.01x preferred

Ever wonder if you could re-program cells to do whatever you wanted? With synthetic biology, the possibilities are endless!

Synthetic biology provides a unique opportunity to combine knowledge from electrical engineering, biological engineering, chemical engineering and biology. In this class, through a combination of lectures and work in the lab, you will learn many of the skills necessary to prepare you to join the MIT 2014 iGEM team!

iGEM is an international undergraduate competition in synthetic biology which MIT has competed in since 2004. To find out more about iGEM go to: and This is the special 10th anniversary of iGEM, and there will be a giant jamboree competition in Boston next November that will enable all teams to go directly to finals.

Through this hands-on class, you will go through the process of constructing DNA circuits, and by the end of IAP, you will create a bacterial lamp you can turn on and off! Guest lectures from synthetic biology professors and trips to local synthetic biology companies will supplement the curriculum.

No background experience is necessary, and all majors are welcome!

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Note: Times are roughly subject to change.

Sponsor(s): Biological Engineering
Contact: Katie Bodner, KBODNER@MIT.EDU

Lecture and Lab

Jan/13 Mon 11:00AM-05:00PM NE47
Jan/14 Tue 11:00AM-05:00PM NE47
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