News - 2014 -
Published: Refactorating and Optimization of Light-Switchable Two-Component Systems
Sebastian and Ravi's paper on engineering second generation bacterial light sensors is published in ACS Synthetic Biology!
Jeff is featured in Business Insider in an article titled "Bacteria Could Provide A Powerful New Way To Fight Fat And Depression"!
Published: Optogenetic Characterization Review
Evan's review paper titled "Optogenetic characterization methods overcome key challenges in synthetic biology" is published in Nature Chemical Biology!
LA Times Interview
Jeff's interview with the LA Times outlines the goals for the recent ONR award to engineer synthetic probiotics for human health.
Best Paper Award
Our paper Characterizing bacterial gene circuit dynamics with optically programmed gene expression signals wins Best Paper in the Department of Bioengineering for 2013-2014! Evan will be presenting the work at the 1st Annual Graduate Student Awards Symposium on May 12!
Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award
Jeff was named a recipient of the 2014 Office of Naval Research (ONR) Young Investigator Award! The ONR Young Investigator Program is one of the oldest and most selective scientific research advancement programs in the country. Its purpose is to fund early-career academic researchers whose scientific pursuits show exceptional promise for supporting the Department of Defense, while also promoting their professional development. In other great news, long time friend of the lab and collaborator Georg Seelig from the University of Washington also received the award! Check out the press release here!
Outstanding Undergraduate Junior Award
Ravi Sheth was named Rice University School of Engineering Herbert Allen Outstanding Junior! Additionally, Ravi's poster placed in the top three engineering posters at Rice's Undergraduate Research Symposium! Congrats!
NDSEG Fellowship Award
Brian Landry was awarded the prestigious National Defense Science Engineering Graduate Fellowship (NDSEG)!! Congrats Brian!
Welch Foundation 3-Year Grant
The lab was awarded a 3-year grant from the Welch Foundation to study the ligand binding properties of bacterial two component systems!
Published: Light-Switchable TCS Characterizations of Gene Circuit Dynamics
Evan, Lucas, Brian, and Raghav's paper on using light-switchable two-component systems (TCSs) to characterize gene circuit dynamics was accepted at Nature Methods! Congrats everyone!! Read more in the press release, or watch a quick overview
Cold Spring Harbor Applications
Applications are now open for the 2014 Cold Spring Harbor Synthetic Biology Summer Course, and Jeff and Evan will be teaching again!