Zachary David Schmitz

Zachary David Schmitz
MIT ChemE | Undergraduate Research and Innovation Scholar
Advisor: Olsen Bradley
Department: Chemical Engineering
Areas of Research: Biological Engineering
Years: 2018-2019
Research Project Title:

Economical, High Throughput Automation & Instrumentation

abstract:The primary project within this SuperUROP consists of writing additional Python modules to take full advantage of the capabilities of an Opentron robot for biological engineering endeavors. For example, these modules could focus on streaking colonies, performing BCA (protein concentration) and Bradford assays, and conducting other assays in order to minimize researchers’ time spent on repetitive tasks. This work could provide a template with which chemical engineers could mold their own protocols for high throughput experiments using a more economical platform than is currently the industry standard in their research endeavors.
About:

I am participating in the SuperUROP program in order to best contribute to my lab's ability to conduct high-throughput research while gaining technical competencies not normally covered in a chemical-biological engineering curriculum. My previous research in quantitative trait locus mapping drew my attention to the importance of automating lower level processes in order to best focus my efforts on high-value activities.