Funding agency (Optional): Multiple (including NASA, Department of Defense, etc.)
Description: Talented and capable graduate students
are always sought to help realize SYBORGS, which are SYstems/SYnthetic
Biological Optimization, Regulation, or Generation Systems. The SYBORGS
lab engineers novel regulation and autonomy into biological processes
for medical and science applications. We use modeling, system
identification, control, and optimization methods to address open
problems in the fields of systems biology and synthetic biology, thereby
developing robotic biological systems (cybernetic organisms or
cyborgs). We are looking for two students. One open position is in
evolutionary processes; this position balances stochastic control
theory, biosecurity, and wet lab experiments. A second position is in
synthetic biology, and is primarily wet lab. Overlap with space
synthetic biology is possible.
Knowledge and skills needed: Because the SYBORGS
lab is multidisciplinary, we seek and cultivate all skill-sets. Routes
to the lab are not just mechanical or aerospace engineering, but also
biomedical engineering and agricultural and biological engineering.
Experimentalists will gain an appreciation for theory and computation,
while theorists will experience the wet lab. Our students enjoy
intellectual challenges, work hard to solve tough problems, drive
towards independent thought and inquiry, and delight in team successes.
They display leadership abilities and strong communication skills,
participate in extracurricular activities, and always apply for awards,
scholarships, and fellowships. As an undergraduate, our students
typically participated in research during academic terms or over
summers, and are past Amgen Scholars, iGEM competitors, etc.
How to apply: Please email a CV, a transcript, and available GRE and TOEFL scores to Prof. Menezes (email@example.com).
Please explain your interest in a SYBORGS lab research area and
associated papers. Please also explain how your unique skills can
advance our ongoing efforts in that research area, especially suggesting
a new direction that you could potentially champion.