Student Spotlight

Synthetic Biology Group: Fahim Farzadfard

Fahim Farzadfard

Hometown, Country:
Mashhad, Iran

Academic history prior to coming to MIT:
B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Biotechnology at University of Tehran, Iran

What brought you to MIT?
During my undergraduate studies, I grew a deep interest in the engineering aspect of biology, and MIT seemed an ideal place to pursue this interest.

What problem are you trying to solve with your current research and what are some possible applications?
Currently, I am working to develop a platform for dynamic genome engineering of living cells. Genomic DNA is the blueprint of the cells and the ability to dynamically change the information encoded in the genome could be very useful in designing complex gene circuits and engineering cellular phenotypes for biomedical and environmental applications.

What interests you most about your research?
I have always been fascinated by the complexity of living systems and the design principles that nature uses to engineer these astonishing systems. As an emerging field, Synthetic Biology strives to understand these design principles and develop novel practical technologies based on them. I find the ongoing research in Synthetic Biology and its interdisciplinary nature very exciting.

What are your future plans?
I am interested to pursue a research career within academia or industry.

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