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Zibo Chen, PhD

Dr. Chen is creating the molecular language of cell signaling from the bottom up. Intra- or extra-cellular signals vary continuously and are often interpreted combinatorially in cells. Neural networks in biology and computer science offer a powerful way to interpret signal combinations. Dr. Chen will combine protein design and synthetic biology approaches to build a protein-based cellular circuit that can sense multiple inputs and carry out diverse functions based on pre-programmed instructions. This work will create a powerful “molecular computing” model that may provide insight into biological systems and open new capabilities for personalized cell-based therapies.

Project title: "Combinatorial signal classification with a protein-based synthetic neural network"
Institution: California Institute of Technology
Award Program: Fellow
Sponsor(s) / Mentor(s): Michael Elowitz, PhD
Cancer Type: All Cancers
Research Area: Signal Transduction