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IAP 2015 Activities by Sponsor - Biological Engineering

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Engineering the human microbiome: Designing personal analytics technology

Yaniv Turgeman, MIT Center for Microbiome Informatics and Therapeutics, Mariana Matus, MIT Center for Microbiome Informatics and Therapeutics

Add to Calendar Jan/15 Thu 06:00PM-09:00PM NE47-189

Enrollment: Fill in google form to register.
Limited to 18 participants

Do you want to engineer new technologies for personalized microbiome medicine? Today, designers, engineers and biologists are working together to create new approaches to health and medicine!

In a three-hour workshop led by members of the new MIT Center for Microbiome Informatics and Therapeutics (MBIT), we will explore ideas for new technologies and approaches to answer questions such as: What can the microbiome tell us about how diet and daily activity impact our health? Can we engineer our microbiome to understand and treat disease? What technologies can we design to help us continuously monitor our well being through the microbiome?

Join us for an evening of discussion on the current challenges in microbial engineering and technology, and a chance to discover new ideas and share your own. Learn about the state of the art in microbiome engineering at the MBIT center, meet and connect with the researchers, and find out about new opportunities to collaborate in technology development. 

5:45 - 6 pm / Pizza and snacks.

6 - 7 pm / Presentation: Human microbiome trends, technologies and current challenges.

7 - 8 pm / Breakout session: Brainstorm solutions to major technological challenges in microbiome analytics, informatics and therapeutics.

8 - 9 pm / Pitch session: Share your ideas and get feedback. Promising ideas will be further explored in collaboration with researchers at the MBIT!

Attendance is limited to 18 participants, please fill in this google form to register. 


Sponsor(s): Biological Engineering
Contact: Yaniv Turgeman, NE47-311, 617-955-7117,

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

Add to Calendar Jan/30 Fri 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. Registraion 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 2015

Kyle Lathem, Nelson Hall, Christian Richardson, Lyla Atta, James Anderson, Jiaqi Xie, Alex Smith, Alexa Garcia

Enrollment: Find Application Information at
Sign-up by 12/12
Attendance: Participants must attend all sessions

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 2015 iGEM team! The class will finish with brainstorming ideas for the summer project, and will lead into spring and summer UROPs.

iGEM is an international undergraduate competition in synthetic biology in which MIT has competed since 2004. To find out more about iGEM go to: and iGEM is a full time summer project, and will culminate in a giant jamboree competition in Boston on September 24th through 28th.

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

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Times are not yet finalized, and conflicts can be accomodated

Jan 12-16 and Jan 20-23 in NE47

Sponsor(s): Biological Engineering
Contact: Kyle Lathem, KLATHEM@MIT.EDU