Everyone here at Ginkgo had a great time in grad school. It was where
we discovered Synthetic Biology, the coolest emerging engineering
discipline around and were lucky to work with an amazing community of
folks - the synth bio working group at MIT/Harvard. So we know how
important it is to choose the right school - and even more importantly
the right lab and project.
That's why we've decided to offer 1 year internships to college
seniors. By working with us for a year, you'll get valuable hands-on
research experience, interact with researchers from leading schools
around the US, and gain a unique perspective on Synthetic Biology that
will serve you well in grad school. So if you're headed to grad
school but interested in experiencing the Ginkgo approach to synthetic
biology before starting, please
Note: You don't have to be heading to grad school to apply for the 1
year internships. Also, a little known fact -- once you've been
accepted, most grad schools will let you defer entry for a year.
||Jernej Turnsek received his M.Sc. degree in Biotechnology from University of
Ljubljana, Slovenia where he was part of the Grand Prize winning iGEM team in 2010.
At Ginkgo, Jernej is working on organism engineering. Aside from being a
synthetic biologist, he dreams of becoming an Ironman one day.
||Jen Liu is back at Ginkgo working on taking our DNA assembly pipeline to the
next level. She completed her undergraduate degree in Biology at Dartmouth and is planning
on medical school next year.
||Jeff Lou received his BS in Chemical Engineering at Stanford where he studied
the intricacies of electrochemical devices. In the test pipe, Jeff operates and improves
the turbidostats for lab evolution. Outside of Ginkgo, he prefers to scale large rocks
in the evening sun.
||Aaron Heuckroth received degrees in Microbiology and Classical Civilizations
from UC Davis and is the only padawan to have ever written and performed heavy
metal songs about Julius Caesar. He was recruited out of the 2011 UC Davis iGEM Team
and is now working to improve the efficiency of cell transformation for our build pipeline.
||Tomas Mikula is in the middle of a PhD program in Computer Science at Charles
University in Prague. Before joining Ginkgo, he also worked on various projects at R&D
Centre for Mobile Applications, Czech Technical University in Prague. At Ginkgo, Tomas is working
on data management and analysis in the test pipeline.
||Harry Schwartz recently finished a masters in Computer Science at William & Mary,
focusing on distributed neural networks. At Ginkgo he's working on CAD/CAM support for
||Albert Wang recently received his degree in EE/CS at MIT. Previously, Albert
helped build the original version of the software that coordinates our lab processes.
Now he's back at Ginkgo helping us build a bio lab that Tony Stark would love.
||Jason Fuller joins us after having spent two years at Ligon Discovery where,
as the first employee, he assembled their lab, and transferred his knowledge of the
fabrication, use, and analysis of small molecule micro-arrays. Prior to Ligon, Jason
worked in the Chemical Biology program at the Broad Institute. Now Jason is improving
Ginkgo's DNA assembly pipeline.
||Francis Lee received his degree in biology, chemistry, and French from UIUC.
Aside from participating in iGEM his entire undergraduate career, Francis spent time
during the day in a Salmonella genetics lab with Dr. James M. Slauch,
and spent his nights fighting crime as an EMT. At Ginkgo, Francis works to improve the
DNA assembly pipeline.
||Jenny Cheng recently received her degree in EECS from MIT. She worked at the
Singapore-MIT GAMBIT Game Lab which works to develop video
games as an alternative route for disseminating the results of academic research.
At Ginkgo, Jenny is working on our CAD/CAM system and process automation.
||Brian Burnley recently graduated from the Citadel with degrees in Biology
and English Lit. An entrepeneurial spirit, he launched the Citadel's
1st iGEM team. At Ginkgo, Brian manages and operates our automated
plasmid purification process, develops our DNA assembly pipeline, and
monitors his Winogradsky
||Matt Gethers holds the distinction of being our first DNA Padawan (he's a
Rhodes scholar now, but wanted to start with the important stuff).
Matt built the worlds largest BioBrick assembly while at Ginkgo: 30kb
and 16 parts. Matt went on to finish a Master's in philosophy,
politics, and economics at Oxford and is now in grad school at Caltech.
||Daniel Kim brought our first automated plasmid purification process
online and named our first
Daniel is currently finishing up his degree in EE/CS at MIT.
||At Ginkgo, Charles Fracchia left behind a legacy of strange equipment names,
culminating in a liquid-handling robot named after a mythical peacock. He also did a lot of the
early heavy lifting on our DNA assembly technology. He recently
completed his undergraduate degree at Imperial College London and is at the
Wyss Institute at Harvard. Charles is in grad school at the MIT Media Lab.
||Ryan Harrison built the first version of the CAD software that automagically
designs DNA parts so they can be synthesized and assembled. He is
currently a graduate student in the NIH Oxford Cambridge Scholars
program and is training to be a Jedi Knight.
||Holly Moeller invented novel approaches to genome engineering at Ginkgo
(among other things). She has a masters in biological oceanography
from MIT and is currently in the Stanford graduate program in Biology.
||Along with his golf swing, Raven Reddy worked on automating the
construction of DNA at Ginkgo. He continued building DNA in
lab at MIT and now is finishing his degree in biological engineering.
||Hubert Hwang is an MIT computer scientist who
came to Ginkgo to learn about biological engineering.
He worked on the informatics that underlie all of our
automated processes in the lab. Remember the hacker in
Jurassic Park? He's like that guy -- but nicer. Hubert
went to get a a Master of Arts in Teaching in math
education at Boston University and is now teaching
middle school math in Everett.
||Jeremy Chang recently received his masters degree in EE/CS from MIT where
he built a two-photon microscope. At Ginkgo, Jeremy was the
robot-whisperer, bending Biomeks to his will. He also developed
novel approaches for sequence specific DNA purification. Jeremy is now in grad
school at Yale.
||Yohann Lacotte joined us from the Ecole Superieure de Biotechnologie de Strasbourg
where he participated on the 2010 iGEM team. At Ginkgo, Yohann optimized the efficiency of
Ginkgo's processes for DNA assembly.
||Daniel Taub studied CS and BME and then received his M.Eng. in EE/CS from MIT where
he worked in computational photography, fabrication, and UI design. When he was 16,
he started a computer consulting company and simultaneously became involved in theatrical lighting
design which eventually led to his work on the
At Ginkgo, Daniel worked on an open-source test tube scanner software called Scantelope.
||Jane Lieviant received her degree in Biochemistry from the University of Washington.
She joins us from Herbert Sauro's lab
where she worked on the stability of genetic circuits
over multiple generations. At Ginkgo, Jane helped run our DNA assembly pipeline and became
a master part designer.
||JT Sauls received his MS in Bioengineering from UPenn. He's an avid adherent of
Frank Herbert's Dune and the science that lies within. At Ginkgo, JT built turbidostats
so that the bugs do the optimization work for us. JT is now living and working in Germany before
heading to grad school at UCSD next fall.
||Spencer Glantz received his BS in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from UPenn.
Spencer co-founded the first UPenn iGEM team in 2011. At Ginkgo, Spencer worked on wetware development
to keep our DNA assembly pipe well fed (otherwise it starts eating people). Spencer is in grad
school at UPenn.
||Alyssa Henning received her degree in BE from Cornell where she was
introduced to thai tea, tai chi, and chai tea. As a founding member of Cornell's iGEM team
and researcher in Jonathan Butcher's lab, Alyssa made BioBrick parts and
imaged avian embryonic
morphogenesis via micro-CT. At Ginkgo, Alyssa worked on genome engineering.
Alyssa is now in grad school at Penn State.
||Daniel Cahoon received his degrees in Chemical and Physical Biology and
Computer Science from Harvard. He did his undergraduate thesis in the Girguis lab doing
micro-bio-geo-chemistry "wrench science". Dan has now graduated to a Jedi at Ginkgo and
works on making Ginkgo's CAD/CAM system awesome.
||Jess Liao received her degree in Biology from Wellesley. She's an expert in the
performance of Bluegill Sunfish Ecomorphs and
growing kidneys from scratch!
At Ginkgo, Jess worked on our genome engineering pipeline. She is now in dental school
at her top choice program, the UPitt research
center in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon.
||John Sexton received his degrees in ECE and BME from Carnegie Mellon.
At Ginkgo, John worked on our automated assay platform so we can test stuff
as quickly as we can build it. John is now in grad school at Rice.
||Eli Moss graduated from Brown University with a BS in Computational Biology.
At Ginkgo, Eli was in charge of maintaining and improving
the robotics of the DNA assembly pipeline. Now, he's at the Broad Institute working
in computational biology.