The Move to Boston

View of my commute: Back Bay to MIT over the Harvard Bridge

View of my commute: Back Bay to MIT over the Harvard Bridge

After nine months, a brief update is in order. My year-long Whitaker Fellowship at the University of Cambridge has now come to a close. It was a tremendous experience, and I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to pursue a variety of both computational and experimental research at Simon Tavaré’s lab at the Cambridge Research Institute and through iGEM 2008. In May my group published a paper on our Bead Emulsion DNA Amplification technology in Analytical Chemistry, and with any luck, another one should be coming out later in the year.

So, now after a year in Cambridge, I’m moving to Cambridge! UK to MA, to be precise. Now that my Whitaker Fellowship at the University of Cambridge has come to a close, I’ve come back stateside to begin graduate school.

More precisely, I’ve just started a PhD at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. I’m in a joint Harvard/MIT program called Health Sciences and Technology (HST). Within HST, I’m a Medical Physics and Medical Engineering student (MEMP), and I’m in a subprogram of MEMP called Bioinformatics and Integrative Genomics (BIG). A lot of acronyms.

I’m still getting settled here in Boston; I’m in temporary accomodation in the lovely Back Bay area, but looking for a more permanant (and closer) place across the river in Cambridge. That said, I do enjoy my beautiful commute across the Harvard Bridge every morning.

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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.