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===Brian L. Cook, Ph.D.===
===Brian L. Cook, Ph.D.===
'''cookb [at] mit [dot] edu'''

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About Me

Brian L. Cook, Ph.D.


I recently completed a post-doc as Detector Layer team leader for the MIT RealNose project, a DARPA-funded effort to engineer a biologically-based smell sensor utilizing olfactory receptor proteins. Our work at MIT stemmed from my Ph.D. research project on the large-scale purification and characterization of olfactory receptors.

I've also enjoyed working in synthetic biology as a Graduate Advisor to the 2007 and 2008 MIT iGEM teams. For more info on iGEM (the International Genetically Engineered Machine competition), please see:


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  1. Kong DS, Cook BL, Liu WE, Corin KA,Ravel DB, Melo P, Zhang S, Jacobsen JM. Cell-free synthesis of olfactory receptor membrane proteins in microfluidic devices. Manuscript in preparation. [cookb2010]
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All Medline abstracts: PubMed HubMed


Shuguang Zhang, Ph.D.

  • Associate Director, MIT Center for Biomedical Engineering
  • 500 Technology Square, NE47-379; Cambridge, MA 02139
  • Phone: (617) 258-7514
  • Fax: (617) 258-5239
  • Email: shuguang [at] mit [dot] edu

Dr. Zhang served as my Ph.D. thesis advisor and principal investigator throughout my research at MIT

Andreas Mershin, Ph.D.

  • Project Manager, MIT RealNose
  • 77 Massachusetts Avenue, NE47-383; Cambridge, MA 02139
  • Phone: (617) 515-4192
  • Email: mershin [at] mit [dot] edu

Dr. Mershin served as my project manager during my R&D work on the MIT RealNose

Steven J. Weintraub, M.D.

  • Department of Internal Medicine, St. Louis VA Medical Center–John Cochran Division
  • 915 North Grand Blvd; Saint Louis, Missouri 63106
  • Phone: (314) 589-6033
  • Email: sjweintraub [at] gmail [dot] com

Dr. Weintraub served as my principal investigator throughout my research at Washington University School of Medicine

Harvey F. Lodish, Ph.D.

  • Professor of Biology and Biological Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Whitehead Institute, Suite 601; 9 Cambridge Center; Cambridge, MA 02142
  • Phone: (617) 258-5216
  • Fax: (617) 258-6768
  • Email: lodish [at] wi [dot] mit [dot] edu
  • Administrative Assistant: Mary Anne Donovan; (617) 258-5217; donovan [at] wi [dot] mit [dot] edu

Prof. Lodish served as thesis chair of my MIT Ph.D. committee

Angela M. Belcher, Ph.D.

  • Germeshausen Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Biological Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Room 16-244A; Cambridge, MA 02139
  • Phone: (617) 324-2800
  • Email: belcher [at] mit [dot] edu
  • Administrative Assistant: Jared Embelton, (617) 252-1163, jarede [at] mit [dot] edu

Professor Belcher served as co-advisor on my MIT Ph.D. thesis committee

K. Dane Wittrup, Ph.D.

  • J.R. Mares Professor of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Building E19-551; 77 Massachusetts Avenue; Cambridge, MA 02139
  • Phone: (617) 253-4578
  • Fax: (617) 253-1954
  • Email: wittrup [at] mit [dot] edu
  • Administrative Assistant: Don McGaffigan; (617) 253-1652; dpmcgaff [at] mit [dot] edu

I worked as a Teaching Assistant for Prof. Wittrup during Fall 2004

Peter A. Carr, Ph.D..

  • Research Scientist
  • MIT Media Lab, Center for Bits & Atoms
  • 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Room E15-435; Cambridge, MA 02139
  • Phone: (617) 324-1947
  • Email: carr [at] media [dot] mit [dot] edu

  • Additional references available upon request
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