ECE Distinguished Lecturer Series - Aydogan Ozcan

ECE Distinguished Lecturer Series


Ron Weiss

Massachusetts Institute of Technology


October 7, 2015

Synthetic Biology:  From Parts to Modules to Therapeutic Systems

Bio: Ron Weiss is Professor in the Biological Engineering and the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Departments at MIT, and is the Director of the Synthetic Biology Center. His research focuses on synthetic biology, where he programs cell behavior by constructing and modeling biochemical and cellular computing systems.  A major thrust of his work is synthesis of gene networks that are engineered to perform in vivo analog and digital logic computation.  Weiss is engaged in both hands-on experimental work and in implementing software infrastructures for simulation and design work.  For his work in synthetic biology, among other honors, Weiss has received MIT's Technology Review Magazine's TR100 Award ("top 100 young innovators", 2003) and was selected as a speaker for the National Academy of Engineering's Frontiers of Engineering Symposium (2003). In 2004, his research in Synthetic Biology was named by MIT's Technology Review Magazine as one of "10 emerging technologies that will change your world.”