Zachary  Banks

Zachary Banks

Scholar Title

MIT EECS - DENSO Undergraduate Research and Innovation Scholar

Research Title

Developing Synthetic Biofilms with Novel Properties




Timothy K. Lu


The goal of this project is to work with the Lu Lab to engineer E. coli cells that assemble into an adhesive material which responds to environmental input. To create this system, I will clone different constructs to express and export heterologous adhesive proteins from E. coli. This material will then be characterized using atomic force microscopy to determine its adhesive properties.


I worked with Stuart Levine at the BioMicro Center for almost two years, comparing algorithms and protocols used in DNA and RNA sequencing analysis. This past summer I worked at Chartio developing processes to transform and visualize arbitrary data.

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