Living Machines

Open to courses 6, 2, 20 and 10C. Other courses may petition to join.


About The Thread

Living Machines is a NEET thread that focuses on the areas of biotech and medical devices. The projects spanning the three years cover a variety of cutting-edge research topics including body-on-chip technologies, the microbiome, DNA data storage, quantum computing for biology, and microfluidics.

Most importantly, you will be part of a diverse and interdisciplinary community of undergrads, faculty, and industry partners where you will establish long-term personal and professional relationships.

Featured Scholars

Why Join?

  • Join 30 scholars from 5 different majors across the Schools of Engineering and Science

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    Work on cutting-edge interdisciplinary projects at MIT labs

  • Gain valuable technical, lab and communication skills

  • Become part of a rich intellectual community

  • Earn a NEET Living Machines certificate from the School of Engineering

  • Get access to the LM Research Lab and Community Space

Upcoming Events

Events are open to Living Machines scholars only unless otherwise noted.

  • MIT - Living Machines Matthew Hancock

    Matthew Hancock | Consulting in Bioengineering Product Development: Innovation & Performance Optimization Through Modeling, Simulation, & Specialized Testing

    Nov 21, 2019 4-5 pm


    Dr. Matthew Hancock is a managing engineer at Veryst Engineering, an engineering consulting firm in the Boston area. He consults primarily in fluid mechanics related to product design and performance, with core areas including microfluidics, surface tension and wetting, heat transfer, species transport, mixing, and fluid-structure interaction. Project areas include diagnostics, tissue engineering, genomics, medical devices, consumer products, and micro/nano-manufacturing. He holds a B.Math in Applied & Pure Mathematics and an M.Math in Applied Mathematics from the University of Waterloo and a Ph.D. in Environmental Fluid Mechanics from MIT.

  • MIT - Timothy Kassis

    Ron Weiss | Synthetic Biology

    Dec 05, 2019 4-5 pm


    Prof. Weiss is one of the pioneers of synthetic biology. He has been engaged in synthetic biology research since 1996 when he was a graduate student at MIT and where he helped set up a wet-lab in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department. After completion of his PhD, Weiss joined the faculty at Princeton University, and recently returned to MIT to take on a tenured faculty position in the Department of Biological Engineering and the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. 


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