saclarke at MIT
I am a first-year Biological Engineering (BE, course 20) graduate student who worked in the Endy Lab in the summer of 2005. This semester I am taking classes and looking for a lab to join. The Endy lab is one possibility. I naively expected to be able to continue some lab work, but classes and other demands of the first year have made that practically impossible. I am the first-year class representative to the BE student board, so I am open to suggestions about improving the first-year experience.
- B.S.M.E., University of Texas at Austin, biomedical technical area
- B.A., University of Texas at Austin, Plan II Liberal Arts Honors Program
- Fulbright grant, Milan, Italy, independent study of industrial and engineering design methods, and classes in biomaterials at the Politecnico di Milano
My background is in mechanical engineering and design, but not of things quite as small as BioBricks.
Potential research topics
- Scaling of engineered biology
- Replicating biological machines
- Technologies/vocabularies to make biological engineering easier
- Biomimicry, bioscaffolds for material processing
- Recycling/"cradle to cradle" design of biological systems
- Usability of biological design software or methods
- My first project was the Orthogonal cloning of clpXP from E. coli into yeast. So far I've been more successful at learning molecular biology and techniques by making mistakes than at cloning into yeast. My work is documented in a lab notebook, but I would like to move to a wiki or other on-line lab notebook for searching, organization, and linking.
- Another useful project would be the construction of a low copy number plasmid for use with BioBricks. It might be based on the F or mini-F plasmid from E. coli.