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Vanderbilt University Medical Center Reporter

Synthetic biology expert Collins set to speak at Vanderbilt


Boston University biomedical engineer and MacArthur Fellow James Collins, Ph.D., will lecture at 3:10 p.m. Oct. 23 in the Jacobs Believed in Me Auditorium, part of the Vanderbilt School of Engineering’s Featheringill Hall.

James Collins, Ph.D.

His lecture, “Life Redesigned: The Emergence of Synthetic Biology,” is part of the 2013-2014 John R. and Donna S. Hall Engineering Lecture Series. It coincides with a weeklong celebration of 45 years of bioengineering education at Vanderbilt and the 25th anniversary of the Department of Biomedical Engineering.

Collins, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, will discuss recent efforts to create synthetic gene networks and programmable cells, and synthetic biology applications to biocomputing, biotechnology and biomedicine.

Collins, the William F. Warren Distinguished Professor and professor of Biomedical Engineering at Boston University, co-directs the Center for BioDynamics and also is a core founding faculty member of Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering.

For more information, contact Brenda Ellis in the School of Engineering at 343-6314 or

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