February 24, 2017: Mo gave a talk in the School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ.
January 9, 2017: President Obama recognized our lab by naming Mo a recipient of the PECASE award! See also the NSF MCB blog post and BU news story.
December 7, 2016: Check out this "Office Artifacts" story on Mo Khalil in BU Today.
December 1, 2016: Haytham Khalil officially joins the lab as a research associate. Welcome Haytham! See all our new members.
November 10, 2016: Our paper "Dynamic Control of Hsf1 During Heat Shock By a Chaperone Switch and Phosphorylation" was published in eLife. See Papers for all our papers and commentary.
November 1, 2016: Giulio Chiesa officially joins the lab as a postdoctoral associate. Welcome Giulio! See all our new members.
September 1, 2016: Our lab received a 2016 NIH New Innovator Award! See the news stories in Bostonia, BU Today, and the BU College of Engineering.
August 31, 2016: See our Review on epigenetic engineering in Genome Biology.
August 24, 2016: See our Preview in Cell Systems highlighting recent work from Jan Skotheim's lab.
August 8-14, 2016: Mo and Brandon are at beautiful Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, serving as instructors for the 2016 Synthetic Biology Course.
June 24, 2016: Mo gave a lecture in the MBL Physiology Course at Woods Hole.
June 21, 2016: Our preprint "Vibrio natriegens, a new genomic powerhouse" was highlighted in Science and Wired.
June 12, 2016: Our preprint "Vibrio natriegens, a new genomic powerhouse" was published in bioRxiv.
May 21-22, 2016: Mo Co-Chaired another successful International Workshop on Mammalian Synthetic Biology (mSBW3.0) at MIT.
May 14, 2016: Mo is the 2016 College of Engineering Outstanding Professor of the Year. See the BU news story.
May 2, 2016: Mo was chosen as the 2016 Biomedical Engineering Professor of the Year, and will receive the Award For Teaching Excellence.
April 21, 2016: Mo served as a Guest Editor for a special themed issue of Integrative Biology titled Biological Insights from Synthetic Biology. See the Editorial.
April 1, 2016: Mo was selected as a Hartwell Investigator, and will receive a 2015 Hartwell Foundation Individual Biomedical Research Award. See the BU BME announcement.
March 14, 2016: Mo spoke at the 2016 Gene Circuits LabLinks meeting at the Broad Institute. This meeting was co-sponsored by Cell Press and the Broad's Center for Cell Circuits.
March 1, 2016: Ali Beyzavi becomes our first graduate student to successfully defend his PhD thesis! Ali will be a postdoctoral fellow in the Langer Lab at MIT. Congratulations Ali!
February 26, 2016: Mo gave the Systems Biology Theory Lunch at Harvard Medical School.
February 12, 2016: See our Perspective in Science highlighting recent work from Michael Elowitz's lab.
January 27, 2016: The journal Cell Systems asks "What have the principles of engineering taught us about biological systems?" See Mo's "Voices" piece.
January 7, 2016: The Khalil Lab is part of a multi-institutional team that was awarded a National Science Foundation "Expeditions in Computing" grant to advance synthetic biology. See the NSF press release, the AAAS EurekAlert! press release, and the BU news story. For more information on the project, visit the project website.
November 30, 2015: Mo gave a talk in the Department of Biomedical Engineering seminar series at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD.
October 22, 2015: Mo gave a talk in the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology seminar series at Brown University in Providence, RI.
September 17-18, 2015: Mo co-organized and participated in a B-Debate entitled "Synthetic Biology: From Standard Biological Parts to Artificial Life" in Barcelona. B-Debate is a set of scientific meetings, organized in a debate forum, that bring together international scientific leaders in different sub-disciplines to discuss and exchange ideas.
August 29, 2015: Khalil lab canoe trip on the Concord River! Check out Brandon's video.
June 28-July 3, 2015: Mo attended and served as a Discussion Leader at the Gordon Research Conference on Synthetic Biology in Sunday River, Maine.
June 3-5, 2015: Mo attended a fantastic workshop entitled "Gene Regulation by the Numbers" at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard. See Arjun Raj's blog posts from the meeting!
June 1, 2015: Our work on chromatin was highlighted by the NSF Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences blog.
May 4, 2015: The Biological Design Center at Boston University has been officially launched, serving as a focal point for research and education activities focused on the engineering of complex biological systems. Mo was selected to serve as the Associate Director. See the BU news story.
May 1, 2015: Mo was chosen as the 2015 Biomedical Engineering Professor of the Year, and will receive the Award For Teaching Excellence.
February 10, 2015: Our review paper "Chromatin Regulation at the Frontier of Synthetic Biology" was published in Nature Reviews Genetics.
January 26, 2015: The Khalil Lab is awarded a DARPA grant for BAA 14-49 Biological Robustness in Complex Settings (BRICS), entitled "ROBUST: Robust Operation of Bacterial Universes with Synthetic-biology Technologies" (with Tim Lu, Jeff Gore, Farren Isaacs, Daniel Segré, and Jim Collins).
December 12, 2014: Our very own Brandon Wong, caught in action at the new Engineering Product Innovation Center (EPIC). See the BU news story.
November 17, 2014: Mo gave a talk in the Bioengineering Lecture Series at Caltech in Pasadena, California.
November 10, 2014: Mo gave a talk in the Cell Circuits & Epigenomics Seminar Series at the Broad Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
October 26-29, 2014: Mo was selected to attend the National Academy of Engineering's (NAE) Sixth Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium in Irvine, California. See the BU news story.
October 23-24, 2014: Mo gave a talk at the Annual Meeting for the Mérieux Research Grants in Annecy, France.
September 26, 2014: Mo gave a talk at the Genetics Training Grant Retreat in the Departments of Biology and Biochemistry at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts.
July 8, 2014: Mo gave a talk at the The World Congress of Biomechanics in Boston, Massachusetts.
April 29, 2014: Our good friend and collaborator, Jim Collins, was elected to the National Academy of Sciences! See the BU Today article.
April 3, 2014: Albert's paper, which is also the Khalil lab's first official paper, was accepted for publication in Cell ! Congratulations to Albert and the whole lab.
January 1, 2014: Mo was named a Visiting Scholar at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University.
December 23, 2013: Mo was named as one of 20 of the most promising Young Investigators in genomics research by GenomeWeb, a leading publication in the field. Nominated by established, high-impact biomedical researchers, individuals on GenomeWeb’s eighth annual Young Investigators list were recognized for original work in developing and applying genomic methods—such as DNA sequencing, assembly and analysis—to everything from cell communication to plant growth to the development of cancer. See the BU news story.
November 20, 2013: Albert Keung received a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Postdoctoral Fellowship from the NIH!
November 1, 2013: Mo received an NSF CAREER Award! See the BU news story.
October 18, 2013: Our paper "A Synthetic Biology Framework for Programming Eukaryotic Transcription Functions" was highlighted in J. Craig Venter's new book: Life at the Speed of Light.
October 16, 2013: The Boston University Center of Synthetic Biology is launched! See the BU news story.
September 15, 2013: Mo was chosen to receive the Innovation Career Development Professorship. He is one of two faculty members at Boston University to be named this endowed professorship. See the BU Today article.
August 26, 2013: Mo was named a 2013 Kern Faculty Fellow at Boston University.
August 1, 2013: Our synthetic biology feature "Engineering Life" was published in The Scientist.
August 1, 2013: The Khalil lab has expanded! Please see all our new members.
June 13, 2013: Mo was interviewed by The Science Coalition as one of its Featured Innovators (video interview).
June 6, 2013: Mo gave the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) seminar at Brandeis University.
May 3, 2013: Mo was chosen as the 2013 Biomedical Engineering Professor of the Year, and will receive the Award For Teaching Excellence.
March 19, 2013: Mo gave a talk at the Keystone Symposia on Precision Engineering and Synthetic Biology in Breckenridge, Colorado.
February 5, 2013: Mo and other researchers urge Congress to stop the sequester, the across-the-board cuts to the nation's discretionary spending that would devastate research funding. See his video editorial and the BU Today article.

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January 13-16, 2013: Mo is a session chair at the 4th International Conference on Biomolecular Engineering in Fort Lauderdale, Forida.
January 2013: A feature highlighting our work: "Streamlined Engineering for Synthetic Biology" in Nature Methods.
December 2012: A feature highlighting our work: "Hot-Wiring Cells" in Biotechniques.
November 12, 2012: Szilvia Kiriakov is awarded a prestigious Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds PhD Fellowship. Congratulations Szilvia!
November 6, 2012: Mo is recipient of a Merieux Research Grant Award.
October 11, 2012: The Khalil lab was highlighted in a feature on Synthetic Biology at Boston University: "Life is Suite" in Bostonia (this includes a great video!).
September 25, 2012: Mo gave a talk in the Plenary Symposium at the 12th Congress of the Italian Federation of Life Sciences (FISV) in Rome.
July 1, 2012: Albert Keung officially joins the lab as a postdoctoral associate. Welcome Albert!
June 11, 2012: Mo is awarded a Wallace H. Coulter Translational Partnership Award (with Jim Collins, Mark Klempner, Israel Green-Hopkins).
May 22, 2012: Ali Beyzavi, Szilvia Kiriakov, and Nikit Patel officially join the lab as graduate students.
May 18, 2012: Nikit Patel is awarded an NIH Quantitative Biology & Physiology (QBP) Training Fellowship. Congratulations Nikit!
May 10, 2012: Mo is awarded a Dean's Catalyst Award for "Microfluidic Biocomputing" (with Douglas Densmore). News story.
May 1, 2012: Our artwork for the paper "Signaling-Mediated Bacterial Persister Formation" was chosen as the journal cover!
March 18, 2012: Our paper "Signaling-Mediated Bacterial Persister Formation" was published in Nature Chemical Biology.
February 1, 2012: Albert Keung has decided to join the lab as a postdoctoral associate.
January 15, 2012: The Khalil Lab is officially launched!
August 1, 2011: The Khalil Lab is awarded a DARPA grant for "Synthetic Mammalian Gene Regulatory Circuits for In Vivo Biomedical Applications" (with Jim Collins, Pamela Silver, Timothy Lu, J. Keith Joung, George Church, Harris Wang).
May 27, 2010: Our paper "Synthetic Biology: Applications Come of Age" was highlighted in The New York Times and Folha de S. Paulo (Brazil's leading daily newspaper).
May 1, 2010: Our paper "Synthetic Biology: Applications Come of Age" was chosen for the journal cover!
May 1, 2010: Our paper "Synthetic Biology: Applications Come of Age" was published in Nature Reviews Genetics.

Cells are the ultimate computational devices. Cells use genetically-encoded molecular networks to monitor their environment, make sophisticated decisions, and execute diverse tasks. We are fundamentally interested in the function and evolution of these complex networks. Using synthetic biology, we build artificial versions of these circuits from genetic “parts” to understand the molecular basis by which cells solve computational and information-processing problems. In turn, we use these tools and insights to create genetic programming languages that allow us to engineer cells for a range of therapeutic and diagnostic applications. Complementing these molecular approaches, we develop novel fluidic technologies to manipulate and analyze cells in dynamic environments that mimic those in Nature, e.g. in the wild or human body. These platforms provide new capabilities and resolution for studying how cellular systems – single cells and populations – behave and evolve in diverse environments.

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Dynamic Control of Hsf1 During Heat Shock By a Chaperone Switch and Phosphorylation
Xu Zheng, Joanna Krakowiak, Nikit Patel, Ali Beyzavi, Jideofor Ezike, Ahmad S. Khalil* and David Pincus* (*Co-corresponding)
eLife, 5: e18638 (2016)

The Epigenome: The Next Substrate for Engineering
Minhee Park, Albert J. Keung and Ahmad S. Khalil
Genome Biology, 17: 183 (2016)

Cellular Advantages to Signaling in a Digital World (Preview)
Christopher P. Mancuso, Szilvia Kiriakov and Ahmad S. Khalil
Cell Systems, 3: 114-115 (2016)

A Unifying Model of Epigenetic Regulation (Perspective)
Albert J. Keung and Ahmad S. Khalil
Science, 351: 661-662 (2016)

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