▸ Research Overview
Our lab focuses on developing ‘Interactive Bio-Technology’ (IBT), a field we pioneered to enable real time interactive experimentation and programming with multi-cell assemblies thereby lowering access barriers to life-science experiments for experts and the public. Our realtime Biology Cloud Experimentation Labs are a particularly suited route for wide dissemination. In parallel, we use biophysics and synthetic biology approaches to study and engineer dynamic Multi-Cell Patterns and Forms, with the broad goal of understanding their algorithmic basis. Our research program is built upon a uniquely interdisciplinary approach that bridges domains as diverse as cell motility, genetic engineering, modeling and analytics, microfluidics, embedded systems, cloud lab architectures, computer science, (biotic) game design, and education. Our long-term goal is that biotechnological equipment becomes as interactive, user friendly, and ubiquitously used as their electronic counterparts. (“A biotic computer on every desk.”)
Interactions with electronic devices have become ubiquitous over the past 50 years. How will interactive biotic devices (‘biotic computers’) revolutionize the next 50 years?