IEEE Life Sciences Newsletter

Programming Biology: Q & A with Richard Murray

By Cynthia Weber

IEEE Life Sciences talks with Richard Murray, Professor of Control & Dynamical Systems and Bioengineering at Caltech, about the promise of synthetic biology; the goals of the SEED conference, an annual technical conference dedicated to the broad spectrum of technologies that fall under the umbrella of synthetic biology, which Murray helped found in 2014; and his own research in biomolecular feedback circuits.

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Video Profile

Introduction to Genome Editing Using CRISPR/Cas9 from Innovative Genomics Initiative on Vimeo.

Discovered by Jennifer Doudna at UC Berkeley in 2012, CRISPR/Cas9, a precise tool for genome editing, is now being used in laboratories all over the world to enhance our understanding of how living biological systems work, how to improve treatments for genetic diseases, and how to develop energy solutions for a better future. Recently, a team led by Innovative Genomics Initiative (IGI) Affiliate Alex Marson (UCSF) and IGI Executive Director Jennifer Doudna (UC Berkeley, Berkeley Lab, HHMI) devised a new strategy to precisely modify human immune-system “T cells” using CRISPR/Cas9 technology. More on this research can be found here.

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Applying Biology to Technology: Researchers Gather to Share New Discoveries in Synthetic Biology at SEED 2015

by Shannon Fischer

In June, synthetic biologists and bioengineers from as near as MIT and as far as the National University of Singapore gathered at the Park Plaza Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts for the second annual Synthetic Biology, Engineering, Evolution, and Design (SEED) Conference to share their latest research.

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Systems and Synthetic Biology: A Glance at Life Science Activities in the Control Systems Community

by Steffen Waldherr and Bayu Jayawardhana

The IEEE Control Systems Society (CSS) is one of the member societies of the IEEE Life Sciences Technical Community, and control systems engineers have much to contribute to research in the life sciences. The purpose of this article is to present recent activities by which these contributions are being made, with a specific focus on systems biology and synthetic biology.

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Editor-in-Chief

Michael R. NeumanMichael R. Neuman is Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, Michigan Technological University. His research interests are Biomedical sensors and instrumentation, Physiological measurements and perinatal medicine, Clinical applications of biomedical instrumentation, and Microfabrication technology.
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July 2015 Contributors

Richard M. MurrayRichard M. Murray is currently the Thomas E. and Doris Everhart Professor of Control & Dynamical Systems and Bioengineering at Caltech. Murray's research is in the application of feedback and control to networked systems, with applications in biology and autonomy. Read more

 

Steffen WaldherrSteffen Waldherr is an assistant professor for theory of complex networks at the Otto-von-Guericke-University, Magdeburg, Germany. His research interests focus on systems engineering methods for biomolecular networks and cell-biological systems, including modeling, uncertainty and robustness analysis, optimization, non-linear dynamics, and cell populations models. Read more

 

Bayu JayawardhanaBayu Jayawardhana is a university reader in the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at University of Groningen, Netherlands. His research interests are on the analysis of nonlinear systems, mechatronics, systems, and synthetic biology. Read more