Daniel Bojar, PhD
Currently, I am a postdoctoral researcher in the research group of Prof. Jim J. Collins at MIT & the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering of Harvard University. There, I work on applying deep learning to systems / synthetic biology. My doctoral studies were in mammalian synthetic biology, in the research group of Prof. Martin Fussenegger at the D-BSSE of ETH Zurich. Genetically engineering human cells with advanced gene circuits, my projects established new cell-based therapies for the future of biomedicine.
My scientific background is firmly grounded in structural biology, protein engineering, and synthetic biology. Next to my academic endeavors, I am strongly convinced of the importance of science communication and outreach to the general public. To further this goal, I was the Communications Officer of the European Association of Synthetic Biology Students and Post-Docs (EUSynBioS) and communicate scientific concepts in the form of written articles (for outlets such as Times Higher Education, Nautilus Magazine, Tales of the Cocktail, PLOS Synbio, Medium, and Massive Science), spoken Science Slams, and the podcast Counterintuitive. I am passionate about the extension of what is possible in the realm of biology and medicine, as well as the communication of scientific advances and concepts to the general public.