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Physics Colloquium Series: Dr. Tyson Shepherd
(Physics Alumni Lecture Series)MIT, Department of Biological Engineering
“From Frontiers in Physics to Biomolecular Engineering”
We have acquired enough knowledge from cell and molecular biology that we are now gaining the ability to rationally engineer new structures and functions from biological materials. Since graduating from ISU, my research has been focused in the field of synthetic biology and biological engineering, building novel systems from completely characterized components. I will talk generally about the goals of this field, and specifically about my research in protein engineering, synthesis of very long DNAs, and current work on DNA-based nanostructures, highlighting the role a foundation in physics has played throughout my career.