User:Rafa Rahman

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Rafa Rahman

Contact Info

  • Rafa Rahman
  • MIT Department of Biological Engineering
  • MIT Residence: Burton Conner
  • Email: rahmanr AT mit DOT edu


  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    • Candidate for Bachelor of Science, Biological Engineering, 2016
    • Candidate for minor in Public Policy, 2016
  • Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology
    • Class of 2012

Research Interests

  1. Development of tools for genome exploration - This interest is precisely what I work on as a UROP in the Niles Lab, looking to develop a stronger understanding of the genome of the malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum.
  2. Medical Imaging Technology and Image Analysis - I've worked specifically with multispectral imaging and ultrasound imaging, at the NIH and George Mason University, respectively.


  1. Evaluation of Non-Invasive Multispectral Imaging as a Tool for Measuring the Effect of Systemic Therapy in Kaposi Sarcoma. PLOS ONE. 2013. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0083887

Hobbies & Interests

  • Distance Running
  • Bananas
  • Dinosaurs
  • Redskins

Registration/Questionnaire: 20.109 Fall 2014

Last Name


First Name


Preferred name/nickname (if not first)



Course 20 (Biological Engineering), minor in 17 (Public Policy)

Year of Graduation


Telephone # (needed in case we can't find you!)



rahmanr AT mit DOT edu

Preferred "Extra" OH Time

We will take a doodle poll to set regular office hours based upon T/R or W/F section. However, we do offer supplemental office hours before big assignments are due.

What times on Sundays (all), Mondays (T/R section), and Tuesdays (W/F section) are you available for occasional office hours? We have held office hours in the evening in the past, but day time slots are best.

Sundays 11 to anytime, Mondays 11am to 1pm

Potentially Relevant Background

Have you taken/are you taking... Answer yes/no/when
7.05/5.07 (Biochemistry) yes
7.06 (Cell Biology) yes (currently taking it)
7.03 (Genetics) yes
5.310 (General Chemistry Lab) no
BioSafety Training yes

Do you have experience with... Answer yes/no/type
Cell culture (microbial/mammalian/yeast?) yes - microbial and mammalian
Molecular biology (electrophoresis, PCR, etc) yes

Please briefly describe any previous laboratory experience

I have worked in various wet and dry lab settings for several years. While in high school, I took several biology lab courses (e.g. DNA science, research lab). I also worked at George Mason University and NIH labs through summer internships. At MIT, I worked in the Runstadler lab during my freshman year, predominantly helping with RNA isolation from field samples. I am currently part of the Niles lab, where I perform much of the cloning on one of the projects.

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I'm looking forward to the class! No special requests.

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