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 47 scholars from 6 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 - Timothy Kassis

    Harvey Lodish | Biotech Entrepreneurship 

    Oct 3, 2019 4-5 pm


    Dr. Harvey Lodish is a molecular and cell biologist, professor at MIT, Founding Member of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, and lead author of the textbook Molecular Cell Biology. He is also a founder of Genzyme among other biotech companies. Open to the entire MIT community.

  • MIT - Timothy Kassis

    Susan Conover | Machine Learning in Healthcare

    Oct 10, 2019 4-5 pm


    Susan is the Founder & CEO of LuminDX, a startup focusing on identifying skin conditions instantly using Artificial Intelligence. She holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, an M.S. in System Design & Management from MIT, and an M.S. in Engineering Product Development from Singapore University of Technology and Design. Open to the entire MIT community.

  • MIT - Timothy Kassis

    Mark Bathe | Nucleic Acids as Programmable Nanoscale Materials

    Oct 17, 2019 4-5 pm


    Dr. Mark Bathe is a professor at MIT in the Department of Biological Engineering. He runs an interdisciplinary research group focused on the targeted delivery of therapeutic nucleic acids and vaccines, phenotypic profiling of neuronal circuits involved in psychiatric disease, and engineering nucleic acid materials for highly parallel molecular computing and massive data storage.

  • MIT - Timothy Kassis

    Leila Pirhaj | Hacking Metabolic Diseases with AI

    Oct 31, 2019 4-5 pm


    Dr. Pirhaj is the Founder & CEO of ReviveMed, a company developing technologies for AI-driven drug discovery. Dr. Pirhaj carried out her Ph.D. and postdoctoral work at MIT. Open to the entire MIT community.

  • MIT - Timothy Kassis

    Adam Behrens | Food preservation, sustainability, entrepreneurship

    Nov 7, 2019 4-5 pm


    Dr. Behrens is the Co-founder & CEO of Cambridge Crops. He obtained his Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the University of Maryland and conducted his postdoctoral work at MIT. Open to the entire MIT community.


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