Ty Thomson

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Born in Toronto in 1979. Grew up there, and attended the University of Toronto (UofT, not to be confused with UT, which is some school in texas I hear). Graduated in 2002 with a BASc (BASc = bachelor of applied science = canadian engineering degree) in Biomedical Engineering from the Engineering Science program. For 3 summers in undergrad I worked for MDS Proteomics (which changed names to Protana Inc, and was bought out by Transition Therapeutics). I started grad school at MIT in Biological Engineering (BE) in the fall of 2002. In January of 2003 I joined Drew Endy's lab. I mainly joined his lab cause he seemed to be the craziest and most outside-of-the-box faculty member in BE. I have been loosely involved in the synthetic biology community here (although my research is not really synth bio related), including the sythetic biology working group, and I helped organize Synthetic Biology 1.0. I am somehow on the OWW steering committee, despite the fact that I rarely use OWW. I seem to be the skeptic/realist in the group, which is needed 'cause I work with a bunch of optimistic hippies.

Ty on the Sam Adams brewery tour


  • Beer brewing
  • Snowboarding
  • Mountain biking
  • Playing various team sports - hockey, football, softball (if that counts as a 'sport')

...I must have other hobbies... Am I really that lame?

Things I'm good at that aren't quite hobbies

  • Sleeping
  • Washing dishes


31 Ames St.
Cambridge, MA 02139
Email Address
tmt -at- mit -dot- edu
Phone Number



  • Modeling
  • Parameter sensitivity/identifiability
  • Microfluidics
  • Yeast pheromone response

Thesis Project

Characterization of Signaling Pathways Using Time-Varying Stimuli

Near Future Plan and Notes


  • Stewart, I. I., Thomson, T., Figeys, D., and Duewel, H. S. (2003). "The Use of 18O Labeling as a Tool for Proteomic Applications", Handbook of Proteomic Methods, Edited by P. Michael Conn. Chapter 11, pages 145-179. (Totowa, New Jersey: Humana Press Inc.)
  • Stewart, I. I., Thomson, T., and Figeys, D. (2001). 18O labeling: a tool for proteomics. Rapid Commun. Mass. Spectrom. 15, 2456-2465 link on Pubmed