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Penn Bioengineering 50th Anniversary Lecture: “Synthetic Biology: Programmable Biology” (James J. Collins, MIT & Harvard)

March 19 at 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Celebrate 50 years and beyond of Penn Bioengineering! This distinguished lecture will be held in honor of the Department of Bioengineering’s 50th Anniversary. Dr. Collins will deliver his talk in Glandt Forum at 3:30 pm, to be followed by a Q&A. A catered reception will follow in the Singh Center lobby at 4:30 pm.

James J. Collins, Ph.D.

Termeer Professor of Medical Engineering & Science Professor, Department of Biological Engineering Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Wyss Institute, Harvard University; Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

Jim Collins is the Termeer Professor of Medical Engineering & Science and Professor of Biological Engineering at MIT, as well as a Member of the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences & Technology Faculty. He is also a Core Founding Faculty member of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University, and an Institute Member of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. He is one of the founders of the field of synthetic biology, and his research group is currently focused on using synthetic biology to create next-generation diagnostics and therapeutics. Professor Collins’ patented technologies have been licensed by over 25 biotech, pharma and medical devices companies, and he has co-founded a number of companies, including Synlogic, Senti Biosciences, Sherlock Biosciences and Cellarity, as well as Phare Bio, a non-profit focused on AI-driven antibiotic discovery. He has received numerous awards and honors, including a MacArthur “Genius” Award and the Dickson Prize in Medicine, and he is an elected member of all three national academies – the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the National Academy of Medicine.


March 19
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
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Glandt Forum, Singh Center for Nanotechnology
3205 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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