Timothy Lu, M.D., Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor leading the Synthetic Biology Group in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Department of Biological Engineering at MIT. Tim received his S.B. And M.Eng. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT and completed his M.D./Ph.D. training in the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology Program. He is a core member of the Synthetic Biology Center at MIT, Associate Member at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, and co-founder of Sample6 Technologies. He is also affiliated with the MIT CSBi Program, the MIT Microbiology Program, and the Harvard Biophysics Program.
Tim has pioneered new approaches to combat infectious diseases with synthetic biology, encode memory in the DNA of living cells, and perform both digital and analog computation in biological systems. His group’s research focuses on engineering fundamental technologies to enable the scalable design of biological systems and on applying synthetic biology to solve medical and industrial problems. Tim is a recipient of the Henry L. and Grace Doherty Professorship, NIH New Innovator Award, Lemelson-MIT Student Prize for Invention, Army Young Investigator Award, Ellison New Scholar in Aging Award, and Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).