September Prof & A Pint

Synthetic biology is an engineering discipline that uses components of natural systems as building blocks to serve new engineering functions. Synthetic biology has quickly evolved from modifying existing systems in nature to designing new systems from the ground up, such as enzymatic pathways for biofuels. However, the inherent variability and our limited understanding of nature has challenged our ability to get predictable and consistent performance. In spite of this complexity, new technology, machine learning, and controls can give us unprecedented control over nature for a wide range of new applications such as precision medicine in the biomedical field or population control in ecology.

 Can we do better than nature? – Taming biology to advance technology and medicine
Assistant Professor Marcella Gomez
Monday, September 16, 2019
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
The Forager Tasting Room and Eatery
In Downtown San Jose
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Marcella Gomez is an Assistant Professor in Applied Mathematics at UCSC. Dr. Gomez completed a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology in 2015 and a postdoctoral research fellowship at UC Berkeley. Her research focuses on mathematical modeling, analysis, and control of biological systems using tools from control and dynamical systems.  Dr. Gomez is a first-generation Mexican-American and first-generation college graduate.