Synthetic Biology

We engineer new functions into living cells to understand the fundamental biology of developing systems, particularly the brain.


Progress in fundamental biology and biotechnology must move forward together. By pushing the limits of engineering in biological systems, we, by necessity, investigate the most relevant aspects of fundamental biology of the systems that we engineer. Similarly, investigations into the fundamental biology can inspire better biotechnological innovations. 

Ongoing Directions

Molecular recording devices gather data from within living systems.

Transcriptional information is written in real time into a cell's DNA to record the order of biological events. This enables us to better understand the molecular timing of developing systems and create living molecular diagnostics compatible with long-term monitoring of in vivo physiology.

Molecular Recorders
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  •    San Francisco, CA 94158

  •    Tel: 415.734.4058