Soap Box

2015 SoapBox

Join us on Wednesday evenings this September and October for a four-part series about synthetic biology. Explore what "synbio" is, how scientists are using innovative techniques to modify organisms, and for what purposes. Add your voice to the discussions while meeting new people and learning about state-of-the-art science and technology! These events are free, and light refreshments will be served.

How to Participate

Attend in person at 265 Mass. Ave, Cambridge
Join our Unhangout via google

Watch online & Tweet questions using #MITSoapBox

If you can't join us in person, you can watch our live stream and participate in the online disucussion! Our online forum is hosted by Unhangout, an open source tool developed at the MIT Media Lab. We will utilize Unhangout to allow remote participants to connect with each other and with synthetic biology scientists. Click here to learn more about connecting to Unhangout and how you can join the conversation.


From DNA to Designer Genomes: Wed., Sept. 30 from 6:00-7:30 pm [Watch Video]
Christopher Voigt, Professor of Biological Engineering, MIT
John Doench, Associate Director of the Genetic Perturbation Platform, Broad Institute

Breaking the "SynBio" Barrier: Wed., Oct. 7 from 6:00-7:30 pm [Watch Video]
Peter Carr, Senior Scientist, MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Jeffrey Way, Senior Staff Scientist, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering

Customizing Nature: Wed., Oct. 14 from 6:00-7:30 pm
Kristala Jones Prather, Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering, MIT
Ron Weiss, Professor of Bioengineering and Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, MIT

Who Needs Rules?: Wed., Oct. 21 from 6:00-7:30 pm
George Church, Professor of Genetics, Harvard Medical School
Kenneth Oye, Associate Professor of Political Science and Engineering Systems Design, MIT

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