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The immediate goal of our research is to enable the engineering of genetically encoded memory systems. Modest amounts of programmable memory, if implemented within living organisms, would have profound impacts on the study and treatment of diseases and would broadly enable non-medical applications of biotechnology. We are interested in both the basic and applied aspects of the problem, from considering how to best store information inside cells to practical applications.
Our overall long term goal is to help make biology easy to engineer, an area of research known as synthetic biology.
Research Background & Context, Additional Materials
The many and diverse dissertations from past students in the lab, their peer-reviewed published articles, and our written perspectives and other published projects are all freely available online. We hope that students who might be interested in defining and taking forward their own research projects in the lab might be motivated or inspired by the curiosity and independence of past student projects. We hope that others who are interested in understanding, contributing to, or constructively criticizing our work make full use of our published record.