New Year Updates

Overhead Photo of iGEM 2008 Participants at MIT

Overhead Photo of iGEM 2008 Participants at MIT

The new year has rolled in, and a lot has happened. The 2008 iGEM summer project has come to a close. This November our Cambridge University team presented our Synthetic Biology project at the 2008 iGEM Jamboree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. We were working on several related projects involving bacterial self-organization. You can browse our iGEM project wiki, watch our Jamboree presentation, and view the presentation slides. I was also interviewed about the iGEM project by the BBC program The Leading Edge. There is a recording of the program available; the iGEM bit starts 21 minutes in. My experience with iGEM was pretty excruciating at times but I never imagined that I could learn so much in one summer.

I’ve moved full time to the Cambridge Research Institute at the University’s Addenbrookes Hospital. I’ve been working mostly with image processing and parallel computing in MATLAB, which, while not without problems, has been remarkably easy to use. We’re thinking about incorporating some of the modules from CellProfiler, a biological image recognition software package written for MATLAB by Anne Carpenter’s group at MIT. While it’s made for recognizing cells and nuclei, we’re hoping that it can be adapted for our emPCR bead images.

I’ve been on a semi-vacation back in sunny California for the holidays, mostly working on graduate school applications and visiting friends and family. I will return to the UK on January 10th. Being home is great, but I’m ready to get back to work Cambridge, especially now that I’ve had a chance to purchase some warmer clothes to take back with me!

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Daniel Bryan Goodman is currently an NSF Graduate Research Fellow at the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST). His current research involves technology development for synthetic and systems biology. He is synthesizing thousands of genes, globally modifying genomes, and interrogating the function of genetic elements in humans and model organisms for both clinical and basic research.