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Speaker Biography:

Miguel Jimenez is a Research Scientist in the group of Giovanni Traverso at MIT where he is developing ingestible bacterial-electronic devices. Formerly, Miguel was a postdoctoral researcher in the group of Robert Langer at MIT where he developed drug delivery systems for microbial therapeutics. He is part of the Academy of Bioastronautics at the Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH). Miguel earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry at Columbia University where he developed synthetic biology-based microbial diagnostics under the supervision of Virginia Cornish as a National Science Foundation Fellow. Miguel earned his B.A. in Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University, where he developed a vinyl siloxane metathesis methodology under the supervision of Damian Young and Stuart Schreiber as a Herchel Smith Undergraduate Fellow.

Growing Microbes Beyond the Limits of the Lab

Microbes can be engineered to carry out advanced sensing and actuation functions. However, most demonstrations have been limited to idealized conditions in a lab. And yet microbes naturally carry out similar and even more complex processes in a diverse range of environments in nature. By combining microorganisms natural plasticity with materials science, we can embed them in devices to monitor and modulate our bodies and the environment with molecular specificity.

Speaker: Miguel Jimenez* 
Seminar Date: 11/18/2022

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