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Fahim Farzadfard, "DNA writing and molecular recording technologies for information processing and storage in living cells"

February 14, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Bass Biology, Room 122

Free and open to the public.

Fahim Farzadfard is a Schmidt Science Fellow, currently working with Ed Boyden (MIT) and George Church (Harvard Medical School) at the interface of Synthetic Biology, Bioengineering, and Neuroscience to develop next-generation DNA writing and molecular recording technologies for information processing and storage in living cells. Fahim obtained his PhD in 2018 from MIT, where he developed multiple foundational platforms for molecular recording and computation in living cells. He introduced the concepts of analog memory and DNA-based molecular recording and invented SCRIBE (Synthetic Cellular Recorders Integrating Biological Events), a modular and scalable platform for recording signaling dynamics into the cells own genomic DNA. He further developed a DNA writing and molecular recording platform (named DOMINO for DNA-based Ordered Memory and Iteration Network Operator) that uses a single-nucleotide-resolution read-write head to dynamically manipulate the genomic DNA and enables to perform highly robust and scalable memory and logic operations in living cells. He further pioneered one of the first implementations of CRISPR-based transcription factors for regulation of transcription in eukaryotes. Fahim’s successful academic record and research excellence have been recognized by multiple national and international awards including Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award, Nat. L. Sternberg Graduate Thesis Prize, Helen Peake Carr Research Prize, the Regeneron Prize for Creative Innovation, and the Schmidt Science Fellowship.

Event Sponsor: 
Department of Biology
Contact Email: 
ezavala@stanford.edu
Contact Phone: 
723-2413