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The MIT Department of Biological Engineering – Creating Biological Technologies, from Discovery to Design
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"Anantha P. Chandrakasan, the Vannevar Bush Professor and head of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), has been named dean of MIT’s School of Engineering, effective July 1. He will succeed Ian A. Waitz, the Jerome C. Hunsaker Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, who will become MIT’s vice chancellor."

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"Using genetic engineering for personal enhancement is a controversial topic — not to mention, presently, a practical impossibility. But when a group of health care experts gathered on Tuesday to hear from one of the inventors of CRISPR, they cut straight to the quick: Would he use it on himself?"

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"A new MIT-designed open-source website might well be the Pinterest of microfluidics."

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This year's new PhD's getting lined up backstage at the MIT Hooding Ceremony.
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Meet soon-to-be Course 20 alumna Lyla Atta...
Favorite Course 20 subject and why?
Analysis of Biomolecular and Cellular Systems 20.320 was when I realized that Course 20 was the right choice for me. I was fascinated by how quantitative analyses can reveal surprising insights about biological systems and the potential for these insights to become groundbreaking discoveries. I still remember my mind being blown by all the specific examples that Prof. White and Prof. Koehler talked about during lecture! This class played a huge part in influencing my research interests and the classes I chose to in later semesters.

What will you miss most about being an undergraduate at MIT?
I will miss the inspiring friends I met here and Course 20’s amazing community of peers and mentors.

Where will you be next year?
Not very far! I’ll be working full time with Prof. Manalis.

Who is coming to watch you receive your diploma at Commencement?
My awesome mom and dad who have endured my pestering for the past two decades and my aunt and uncle!
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Meet soon-to-be Course 20 alumna Charlotte Keeley...
Favorite Course 20 subject and why?
I really enjoyed all of the math and demos in Molecular, Cellular, and Tissue Biomechanics 20.310. I also liked Biological Engineering Design 20.380 (Engineering capstone) because we finally got to apply all of our Course 20 knowledge to create a novel solution to a problem.

What will you miss most about being an undergraduate at MIT?
I will miss being around people who are excited about learning and
innovation in a variety of fields. I’ll also miss being able to walk everywhere!

Where will you be next year?
I will be working in the Boston office of The Boston Consulting Group.

Who is coming to watch you receive your diploma at Commencement?
My parents, younger brother, uncle, grandmother, and great-aunt and
great-uncle are all coming to watch my sister and me!
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Meet soon-to-be Course 20 alumna Charlotte Keeley...
Favorite Course 20 subject and why?
I really enjoyed all of the math and demos in Molecular, Cellular, and Tissue Biomechanics 20.310. I also liked Biological Engineering Design 20.380 (Engineering capstone) because we finally got to apply all of our Course 20 knowledge to create a novel solution to a problem.

What will you miss most about being an undergraduate at MIT?
I will miss being around people who are excited about learning and
innovation in a variety of fields. I’ll also miss being able to walk everywhere!

Where will you be next year?
I will be working in the Boston office of The Boston Consulting Group.

Who is coming to watch you receive your diploma at Commencement?
My parents, younger brother, uncle, grandmother, and great-aunt and
great-uncle are all coming to watch my sister and me!

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Meet graduating BE / Course 20 senior Lauren Bush...
Favorite Course 20 subject and why?
Instrumentation and Measurement for Biological Systems 20.309 was such a unique class with its hands-on approach and it gave me an opportunity to learn and make things that I really wouldn’t have otherwise.

What will you miss most about being an undergraduate at MIT?
I am really going to miss the people and the spirit of MIT. Also, I will miss my UROP lab because the people there initiated my excitement for research and showed me many of the keys for being a good scientist.

Where will you be next year?
I will be pursuing a PhD at Harvard!

Who is coming to watch you receive your diploma at Commencement?
I will be joined by my parents and my grandparents for Commencement.
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"[BE faculty Mark] Bathe, now an associate professor of biological engineering at MIT, creates a huge variety of programmed three-dimensional shapes out of single strands of synthetic DNA, a process known as DNA origami. These nanoparticles may ultimately be deployed as structural scaffolds to deliver vaccines, drugs, or even gene-editing tools such as CRISPR-Cas9 to specific parts of the body, he says."
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