Pamela Silver is the Elliot T and Onie H Adams Professor of Biochemistry and Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School. She is also a full member of the Wyss Institute of Biologically Inspired Engineering. She was one of the first members of the Department of Systems Biology and the first Director of the Harvard University Graduate Program in Systems Biology.
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Senior Staff Scientist
Jeff’s current research interests are in therapeutic protein development and bioenergy. As a senior staff scientist at the Wyss, he is also supporting faculty-driven efforts in DNA synthesis and DNA assembly. Before coming to the Wyss, he was Director of Structural Biology and Director of Intellectual Property at EMD Serono, a major protein-focused pharmaceutical company, where he designed protein drugs. Previously, he was a Director of Intellectual Property and Director of Communications there. He has published numerous articles on drug development, synthetic biology, nervous system development, and bacterial genetics, and holds several patent applications and issued patents. He received his Ph.D. and B.A from Harvard University.
Departmental Fellow, Systems Biology
PhD Physics, University of Pennsylvania
BS Physics, Stanford University
Elizabeth is interested in how bacterial populations regulate antibiotic tolerance and the appearance of rare cells with extreme phenotypes. She is currently designing new ways to measure bacterial signaling system activity.
Ph.D. and M.S. Chemistry, MIT
B.S. Chemical Engineering, UC Berkeley
B.S. Materials Science and Engineering, UC Berkeley
Has worked in the fields of surface science, antimicrobial coatings, biomaterials, and controlled drug delivery. Now studying bacteriophages of the human gut and engineering formulations for their oral delivery.
Human Frontier Science Program Postdoctoral Fellow 2015
NHMRC – RG Menzies Postdoctoral Fellow 2014
PhD Malaria Cell Biology, University of Melbourne
BSc (Hons) Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Melbourne
David is a postdoc interested in the potential for synthetic biology to help us to better understand human disease. He is currently working to design diagnostics of gut disease. Profile here.
PhD Chemical Engineering, Stanford
BS Chemical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Amateur still trying to turn pro. Looking at controlling and recoding cells, after previously playing with natural product biosynthesis. Hoping to imagine again.
Harvard University Center for the Environment Fellow 2016
PhD Chemistry, UC Berkeley
BS Chemical Engineering, Yale University
Kelsey is a reformed materials chemist that has embraced the wet and squishy world of biology. He’s very much against the idea of starving and is currently devoting his time to finding nifty science-y ways around that.
Roger Larken Chang
Life Sciences Research Foundation Fellow 2014
PhD Bioinformatics and Systems Biology, UC San Diego
BA Molecular and Cell Biology, UC Berkeley
Engineering synthetic RNA nanostructures that self-assemble in bacterial cells. Developed landmark model for structural systems biology of metabolism and applying towards study of radioresistance in D. radiodurans. Profile here.
2017 NIH F32 NRSA Postdoctoral Fellow
Ph.D. Pharmacology, University of Washington
Shannon is a postdoc interested in creating human-plant hybrids to live on Mars (but is totally not working on that).
Leopoldina Postdoctoral Fellow 2014
PhD Biochemistry, Philipps-University Marburg
M.S. Chemistry, Philipps-University Marburg
Enzymology, Combinatorial Biosynthesis, Compartmetalization in Bacteria, Synthetic Metabolons and Bio-Inorganic Hybrid Materials
Yu Heng Lau
Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellow 2015
PhD Chemistry, University of Cambridge
Yu Heng is a new postdoc and lapsed organic chemist with an interest in metabolic engineering and genome recoding.
Ph.D. Candidate in Bioengineering
M.Sc. in Philosophy and Public Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science
Isaac’s work focuses on harnessing the unique biology of cyanobacteria to construct new microbial engineering paradigms. He is also interested in the policy and ethics of biological research, and has far more opinions than is generally considered healthy.
Andy studies the gut microbiota and probiotic bacteria. He enjoys exploring the outdoors, playing sports, making beer and eating croissants.
PhD Candidate in Chemical Biology
B.A. Biochemistry, Swarthmore College
Emma is currently synthesizing novel steroids in mammalian cells by combining enzymes from different animals, bacteria, and fungi. In her spare time, she sings in the Dudley House choir and hangs around art museums.
Finn is a student from the UK, and is interested in making sure the stuff that comes out of you is dead and has no friends. I am looking to recruit undergrads or anyone else to help me in this endeavor.
PhD Candidate in Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Diploma in Biotechnology, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Jernej is interested in understanding the molecular mechanisms behind intricate nanoscale patterning of naturally occurring biomaterials. He can dunk, collects vinyl records and trains to become an Ironman. More about Jernej.
B.S. Chemistry, Duke University
Jungmin is a graduate student in the Chemistry and Chemical Biology Program. She is interested in protein therapeutics and mammalian synthetic biology.
M.D. Candidate, Harvard Medical School
Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology (HST)
BS Mathematics, MIT
Katie may be no Doogie Howser, but she’s still full of pep about her second career as a budding physician-scientist. She would love to talk your ear off about fusion proteins, dancing and the best coffee shops to camp out in. Her enthusiasm is fueled by a diet of red bull and leftover conference room pizza.
Marika is a Graduate Student in the Biological and Biomedical Science Program. She works on engineering microbes for renewable production of chemicals.
Nathan is investigating the molecular events that enable conditional behavior in biological systems. He is adding layers of requirement to proteins that function in these systems so they may only act when specific circumstances are met. Particularly, he is teaching cytokines when to pull the trigger on cell death.
B.S. in Biology and Environmental Science, Tufts University
A plant chemist escaping geology to synthetic biology, Sarabeth is fascinated by plant microbial interactions and driven to address climate change. She wants to enhance plant growth and sequester CO2 with the bionic leaf and protein microcompartments. When not biking between campuses, she can be found running, dancing, or baking crazy cakes.
Ph.D. Student in Bioengineering
B.S. Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Cornell University
Sasha is interested in engineering gut microorganisms to diagnose and treat infection and disease, as well as the translation of discoveries from the lab to real-world application. Outside the lab, Sasha enjoys hiking, skiing, and mountain biking. Profile here.
Suhyun is engineering gut bacteria to perform useful functions in humans. She enjoys dancing Rock’n’Roll and Zumba.
Yukiye is a recent Harvard graduate with a degree in Biomedical Engineering. She is currently working on ~virus stuff~ and hopes to eventually get a graduate degree in bioengineering. In her spare time, she relives her college days and joins the Harvard Band in cheering various sports teams to victory.
Nathalie is working with Elizabeth and Isaac on building living sequence sensors. She wants to artificially increase the natural competence of bacterial cells to efficiently uptake DNA samples. Her interests are various like dancing, painting and e-guitar but she is mostly seeking for new adventures and challenges.
BS and MA Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology at UC Santa Barbara
Andy is working on engineering and utilizing bacteria as diagnostic and therapeutic tools in order to combat disease. He enjoys rowing, hiking, and even the exposure to true winter weather.
Kathy has been managing the Silver lab since 2006. When she’s not whipping the Silverinos into shape, she plays hockey and enjoys hiking. She’s recently discovered her spirit animal is the squirrel.
Jason is a Harvard undergraduate who is currently studying “science,” whatever that means, and is considering dabbling in the practical world of business. He is currently mentored by the space-visionary Shannon Nangle. In his free time, he likes to read the Wall Street Journal and peruse the delicious fruits in Haymarket.
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Max Van der Ploeg