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Timothy K. Lu,  Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and head of the Synthetic Biology Group in the Research Laboratory of Electronics

Timothy K. Lu, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and head of the Synthetic Biology Group in the Research Laboratory of Electronics

Timothy Lu joined the EECS department in July 2010 as an Assistant Professor, a member of the Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE), and an associate member of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. He is the Principal Investigator for the Synthetic Biology Group in RLE.

Tim received his S.B. and M.Eng. degrees from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT in 2003 where he worked on ultra-low-power implantable cochlear implants and modeling the dynamics of outer hair cells in the mammalian inner ear. In 2008, he completed his Ph.D. in Biomedical and Electrical Engineering from the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology Medical Engineering/ Medical Physics Program. His doctoral research focused on engineering synthetic viruses to destroy intractable bacterial infections caused by biofilms and antibiotic resistance with very high efficacy. Tim received an M.D. in 2010 from Harvard Medical School where he was recognized with the Leon Reznick Memorial Prize.

Tim Lu’s research focuses on advancing foundational technologies for the scalable engineering of complex biological systems and translating fundamental synthetic biology to real-world clinical and environmental applications. Application areas of interest include infectious diseases, protein-aggregation disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, cancer, and novel biomaterials. His recent work has included a novel design for heritable, extendable, and interoperable biological memory devices that were used to create the world’s first digital biological counters that function in living cells.

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