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  • Article: Sewage may help predict future virus outbreaks

    May 2020

    A Northwestern team led by Julius Lucks is working to develop tests to detect SARS-CoV-2 in sewage. These tests could have the potential to generate results within hours after samples are collected, as opposed to the days or weeks it takes to process nasal swabs and other tests.

    Read the article here!


  • Article: Propelling Synthetic Biology into the Future

    May 2020

    Work being done by the Jewett lab and the Center for Synthetic Biology is featured in the most recent Breakthroughs newsletter from Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine.

    Read the article here!


  • Joon’s article on cover of Chemical Communications

    May 2020

    The article “Ribosomal incorporation of cyclic β-amino acids into peptides using in vitro translation” is featured on the cover of the journal Chemical Communications.

    Read the article here!


  • Article: Northwestern Researchers Take Unique Approach, looking Outside of cells for a COVID-19 treatment

    May 2020

    In a story by Anne Snabes, Mike is interviewed about using cell-free protein synthesis to speed up the discovery of COVID-19 anti-viral drugs. “We think that basically the cell-free system can accelerate the design and discovery cycle.”

    Read more here!


  • Article: Voices of Chemical Biology

    May 2020

    Mike is featured in the article “Voices of Chemical Biology” in the journal Nature Chemical Biology. A collection of chemical biologists were asked: “What was the most exciting research achievement or technology innovation in chemical biology in the last five years?”

    Read more here!


  • Ashty selected for Distinguished Young Scholars Seminar at UW!

    May 2020

    Congratulations to Ashty Karim for being selected to present at University of Washington’s “Distinguished Young Scholars Seminar” series. Way to go!

  • Article: Synthetic Biology Comes of Age

    May 2020

    Mike discusses the field of Synthetic Biology and work being done by the Center for Synthetic Biology at Northwestern in an article featured in the Spring 2020 Northwestern Engineering Magazine. “Cell-free synthetic biology holds great promise. The field has evolved from a specialized research tool to the backbone of a variety of applications ready to tackle some of society’s greatest challenges, from COVID-19 to cancer to climate change. ‘The time for cell-free systems is here. It’s now.'”

    Read more here!


  • Article: Northwestern Engineering synthetic biologists aim to create one-step diagnostic test for COVID-19

    May 2020

    Work being done by Center for Synthetic Biology faculty to develop a one-step test for COVID-19 is featured in a Daily Northwestern article by Vivian Xia. “Our goal is to create a test that enables simple operation and can be accomplished with minimal skill, even at places at work…So the idea is, how can you create just a couple-step test that gives results in tens of minutes, is highly sensitive and specific for the buyers, and does so in an inexpensive way.”

    Read more here!


  • Joon’s paper highlighted in Chemistry World!

    May 2020

    Joon’s paper “Ribosomal incorporation of cyclic β-amino acids into peptides using in vitro translation” in the journal Chemical Communications has been featured on Chemistry World!

    Read more here!


  • Article: How Blavatnik Awards Honorees are answering the call to stop the spread of COVID-19

    May 2020

    Mike and other former Blavatnik Awards Honorees are featured in an article by the New York Academy of Sciences discussing research being carried out to combat COVID-19.

    Read more here!


  • Skylar featured in Profile by ChBE Department

    April 2020

    Skylar Ladson-Gary has been featured by the Chemical and Biological Engineering department in a student profile. Skylar works in the Jewett lab helping to develop high-throughput technologies for engineering biology using cell-free systems.

    Read more here!


  • Skylar and Sarah receive Undergraduate Research Grants!

    April 2020

    Congratulations to Skylar Ladson-Gary and Sarah for receiving Northwestern University Undergraduate Research Grants! Way to go!

  • Article: How Chicago Is Uniting For The Greater Good

    April 2020

    Big companies, startups, universities and other organizations all over Chicago, including Northwestern and Swiftscale Biologics, are focused on combatting COVID-19 and serving their communities.

    Read more here!


  • Adam receives 2020 Presidential Fellowship!

    April 2020

    Congratulations to Adam Silverman for being a 2020 recipient of the Presidential Fellowship, the most prestigious fellowship awarded to graduate students by Northwestern University! Fellows were chosen for their demonstrated record of outstanding academic achievement, promise as scholars, teachers, and researchers, and the ability to communicate the significance and impact of their research to a broad academic audience.

  • Article: The race to make vaccines faster

    April 2020

    In an article on Axios about developing vaccines, Mike is quoted discussing the benefits of cell-free production: “It sets the stage for being able to respond quickly to a variety of pandemics that could emerge by having capabilities for manufacturing without having to go through cell line development.”

    Read more here!


  • Article: Body Armor Grown in a Lab? Why Not, Say Synthetic Biologists

    April 2020

    The Jewett lab and colleagues from the Center for Synthetic Biology are doing work to “repurpose the ribosome of the cell to make new kinds of polymers that address societal and, in this case, also Department of Defense needs.” The Army has an interest in two aspects: whether the research could lead to synthesizing new kinds of materials for use in everything from stronger soldier protection to better tents, and whether these investigations could lead to the ability to make products in austere conditions, on site and on demand.

    Read more here!


  • Former Jewett lab member wins Sigma Xi/IIT Award for Excellence in University Research

    April 2020

    Seok Hoon Hong has won the Junior Faculty Sigma Xi/IIT Award for Excellence in University Research. The award is given in recognition of the exemplary accomplishments in research, scholarship, and creative activity by faculty members and graduate students at Illinois Institute of Technology. Seok Hoon Hong is a biochemical engineer studying protein engineering and synthetic biology for controlling antimicrobial-resistant bacteria and resilient biofilms. His research has had a significant impact on strategies for preventing infectious diseases, improving food safety, and enhancing water treatment technologies. He has been published in top tier peer-reviewed journals, including Nature Communications, Nature Biotechnology, and Nature Chemical Biology.

    Read more here!


  • Article: One-step diagnostic tool receives NSF RAPID grant

    April 2020

    Members Northwestern’s Center for Synthetic Biology – PI Julius Lucks, Mike Jewett, Joshua Leonard and Niall Mangan – have received an NSF RAPID grant in order to develop and optimize an easy-to-use, quick-screen technology that can test for infectious diseases, including COVID-19, in the human body or within the environment.

    Read more here!


  • Mike and Swiftscale featured in Wired article on biotechnology and COVID-19

    April 2020

    Mike is featured in an article on Wired.com, discussing cell-free engineering and the work being done by Swiftscale Biologics. Swiftscale, a start-up co-founded by Mike, is in discussions with Centivax, a San Francisco antibody development company, with the aim to rapidly mass manufacture antibodies that could be deployed to treat COVID-19 patients.

    Read more here!


  • Mike featured on the news for work on COVID-19 drug!

    April 2020

    Mike was interviewed on WGNTV about work being done in the lab to produce valinomycin using cell-free bio-manufacturing. “I think right now more than ever it’s become clear we need to have manufacturing capabilities, even in particular domestic manufacturing capabilities that allow us to move incredibly fast. This is an urgent problem, we can’t sit on the sidelines. We need to throw everything we have at it to address it.”

    Watch and read here!


  • Article: Super-charging drug development for COVID-19

    April 2020

    Researchers from the Jewett lab and ShanghaiTech University have teamed up to produce the molecule valinomycin in a cell-free system, increasing production yields more than 5,000 times in just a few rapid design cycles, and achieving higher concentrations of the molecule than achieved previously in cells. Valinomycin has proven effective in obliterating SARS-CoV in cellular cultures and the team hopes that the drug might also be effective in the fight against SARS’s close genetic cousin, the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

    Read more here!


  • Article: Cell-free biotechnology could help accelerate COVID-19 therapeutics

    April 2020

    Researchers at SwiftScale Biologics, a start-up co-founded by Mike and Matthew DeLisa of Cornell University, have developed a platform that could produce new anti-viral drugs more than 10 times faster than current methods. They are working to mass produce a promising antibody therapy which binds to the part of the coronavirus that infects the host cells, stopping it in its tracks.

    Read more here!


  • Alex wins Goldwater Scholarship!

    March 2020

    Congratulations to Alex Wooldredge for winning a Goldwater Scholarship! Alex worked in the Jewett lab during summer 2019 as a participant in the NSF Synthetic Biology Research Experience for Undergraduates (SynBREU) program. Way to go!

  • Mike chosen as 2020 AIMBE Fellow

    March 2020

    The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) announced today the election of 156 new members of the AIMBE College of Fellows in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in medical and biological engineering. Election to the AIMBE College of Fellows is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to a medical and biological engineer.

    Read more here!


  • Article: Developing an Antibody Therapeutic ASAP to Confront the Pandemic

    March 2020

    SwiftScale Biologics has engaged with Centivax in a promising antibody discovery effort to treat Covid-19. SwiftScale, which was co-founded last year by Mike, David Mace and Matthew DeLisa, has developed a cell-free platform to enzymatically modify complex proteins. These modifications lead to proteins that closely resemble those found naturally in humans. With this technology, SwiftScale can produce vital antibody therapeutics at unmatched speed.

    Read more here!


  • Article: Developing Cell-Free Ribosomes in a Test Tube

    March 2020

    Research on cell-free ribosomes from the Jewett lab has been featured on the front page of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News! “Right now, the ribosome is a chef that can only make certain meals…We want to create many chefs that can make many different cuisines. This is a huge step forward toward that vision.”

    Read more here!


  • Article: Jewett lab research on ribosome engineering published in Nature Communications

    February 2020

    Jewett lab researchers have developed RISE – a system that can rapidly create cell-free ribosomes in a test tube, then select the ribosome that can perform a certain function.

    Read more here!


  • Mike named Walter P. Murphy Professor

    January 2020

    Mike has been named a Walter P. Murphy Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering. According to Dean Julio Ottino: “These professorships are reserved for some the most impactful and influential members of our community. Michael has made significant contributions to McCormick as both a researcher and educator, including helping position Northwestern as a leader in synthetic biology with an excellent team of faculty members.”

    Read more here!


  • Article: Simple Test Could Prevent Fluoride-related Disease

    December 2019

    The Jewett and Lucks labs collaborated to develop a simple, inexpensive new test that can detect dangerous levels of fluoride in drinking water.

    Read more here!


    • Article: Boost that metabolomic confidence

      December 2019

      Mike is quoted in a new metabolomic data analysis story published in Nature Methods.

      Read more here!


      • Lauren and Maria receive NSF Travel Awards!

        December 2019

        Congratulations to Lauren Clark (left) and Maria Cabezas (right) for receiving NSF travel awards at the 2019 Cell-Free Systems Conference in Boston!

      • Congratulations, Adam!

        December 2019

        Congrats to Adam Silverman for winning a 1st place poster presentation prize at the AIChE Cell-Free Systems conference!

      • Congratulations, Jess!

        December 2019

        Congrats to Jess Willi on earning a Swiss National Science Foundation Postdoc Mobility grant!

      • Article: Cell-free Synthetic Biology Comes of Age

        December 2019

        In an article for Northwestern Engineering News by Alex Gerage, Mike discusses cell-free systems and a new review paper published in the journal Nature Reviews Genetics. The paper explores how cell-free engineering evolved from a specialized research tool to the backbone of a variety of applications in synthetic biology that stand to dramatically impact society, from the environment to medicine to education.

        Read more here!


        • Article: New Method Accelerates Development of Protein Therapeutics

          November 2019

          In an article for Northwestern Engineering News, Emily Ayshford discusses research on glycosylation recently published in Nature Communications. Glycosylation — the attachment of sugars to proteins — plays a critical role in both cellular function and in the development of therapeutics, like vaccines. Jewett lab members and collaborators have now developed a quick, cell-free system to build and study the biosynthetic pathways required to make these sugar structures. Called GlycoPRIME, the system could lead to faster development of therapeutics and a new, modular way to make medicines on demand in resource-limited settings.

          Read more here!


          • Mike delivers 18th Annual Fredrickson Lecture

            November 2019

            Mike was the featured guest speaker for the 18th Annual Fredrickson Lecture at the University of Minnesota on Thursday, November 7. His seminar, “Cell-free Systems for On-Demand Biomanufacturing, Molecular Sensing, and Education” explained that cell-free biology is the activation of complex biological processes without using intact living cells.

            Read more here!


            • Article: Army project may lead to new class of high-performance materials

              November 2019

              The Jewett lab and collaborators have developed a process that could lead to a new class of synthetic polymers that may create new high-performance materials and therapeutics for soldiers. According to Dr. Dawanne Poree, program manager, polymer chemistry at the Army Research Office: “The ability to harness and adapt cellular machinery to produce non-biological polymers would, in essence, bring synthetic materials into the realm of biological functions. This could render advanced, high-performance materials such as nanoelectronics, self-healing materials, and other materials of interest for the Army.”

              Read more here!


              • Article: Briefcase-sized labs could transform medicine

                November 2019

                Mike is quoted in this article in Nature about “miniaturizing pharmaceutical production in the hope of making it portable and inexpensive.” UMBC’s Govind Rao has developed Bio-MOD, which uses a cell-free system to make on-demand biologics.

                Read more here!


                • Alex and Alysse at the 2019 Gulf Coast Undergraduate Research Symposium

                  November 2019

                  Jewett lab members Alex Wooldredge and Alysse DeFoe presented at the 2019 Gulf Coast Undergraduate Research Symposium at Rice University.

                • Article: New Design Rules for Ribosomal Monomers

                  November 2019

                  Mike featured in an article on research published in Nature Communications about “expanding the range of ribosomal monomers for protein synthesis to enable new directions in biomanufacturing.”

                  Read more here!


                  • Dr. Erik Carlson and Anne d’Aquino highlighted in Ribo-T interview and article

                    October 2019

                    Erik Carlson talks with Niko McCarty about his work with Jewett lab member Anne D’Aquino on improving Ribo-T and their paper “Engineered ribosomes with tethered subunits for expanding biological function” published in Nature Communications.

                    Read more here!


                    • Article: Top synthetic biology news from academic labs in 2019

                      October 2019

                      The Jewett lab has been featured for their work with Lanzatech in an article about top synthetic biology news in 2019.

                      Read more here!


                      • Congratulations, Anne!

                        October 2019

                        Congratulations to Anne D’Aquino for accepting a postdoc position with the Sattely lab at Stanford!

                      • Congratulations, Luca!

                        October 2019

                        Congratulations to Luca Schulz for receiving the Zeno Karl Schindler Master Thesis Grant!

                      • Congratulations, Alysse!

                        October 2019

                        Congratulations to Alysse DeFoe on receiving a Northwestern University Office of Undergraduate Research Academic Year Fellowship!

                      • Article: Biotech experts gather at the White House for ‘Summit on America’s Bioeconomy’

                        October 2019

                        Mike joined more than 100 other biotech researchers, industry executives and government officials at the White House on October 7th for a summit focusing on America’s bioeconomy — the range of products, services and data derived from biological processes and bioscience research.

                        Read more here!


                        • Mike named Director of the Center of Synthetic Biology

                          October 2019

                          Mike has been named the Director of Northwestern’s Center of Synthetic Biology!

                        • Mike selected as 2019 Researcher to Know

                          September 2019

                          Mike has been selected as a 2019 Researcher to Know by the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition (ISTC)! This year’s honorees include 21 distinguished researchers from 10 universities and across Illinois.

                        • Article: miniPCR bio™ launches BioBits™ system for synthetic biology and STEM education

                          September 2019

                          miniPCR bio™ launched BioBits™, an advanced synthetic biology system that can perform biological experiments without the need for living cells or specialized equipment. BioBits™ reactions contain all the biological components needed to carry out protein synthesis and thus remove the need for expensive equipment required to maintain living cells and “lower barriers to quality biology education.”

                          Read more here!


                          • Article: Improved Artificial Ribosome More Efficient

                            September 2019

                            The Jewett lab has developed a new version of the artificial ribosome, Ribo-T, that increases the efficiency of Ribo-T’s protein expression. “This new version of Ribo-T will allow us and other labs around the world to jumpstart the synthesis and evolution of new therapeutics and materials made from engineered ribosomes.”

                            Read more here!


                            • Congratulations, Weston!

                              August 2019

                              Congratulations to Weston Kightlinger for receiving the Distinguished Graduate Researcher Award in the ChBE Department! Terrific news!

                            • Congratulations, Adam!

                              July 2019

                              Congratulations to Adam Silverman for receiving a Ryan graduate fellowship! Way to go!

                            • Congratulations, Weston!

                              July 2019

                              Congratulations to Weston Kightlinger for winning a terminal year graduate fellowship! Way to go!

                            • 10th Anniversary of the Agilent Early Career Professor Award

                              July 2019

                              As the 2011 recipient of the Agilent Early Career Professor Award (AECPA), Mike is highlighted in an article commemorating its 10th anniversary. The AECPA was initiated “as a way to foster the outstanding research being done by professors who, early in their careers, were already enabling science and technology of importance, not only to Agilent, but to the world.”

                              Read more here!


                            • Article: Scientists chart course toward the next-generation bioeconomy

                              June 2019

                              The Engineering Biology Research Consortium (EBRC) released a new, technical roadmap that lays out a path for achieving the promise of engineering biology, or synthetic biology. According to the new plan, strong government investments in engineering biology will ultimately improve public health, food crops, the environment and the economy. It will also anchor the United States’ leadership in this area of research.

                              Read more here!


                            • Article: Teaching CRISPR in the Classroom: A New Tool for Teachers

                              June 2019

                              BioBits was recently featured on the NSF MCB Blog!
                              “BioBits kits contain materials to run hands-on lab activities designed to teach high school-aged students the basic concepts of synthetic and molecular biology through simple biological experiments…So far, three kits have been developed: BioBits Bright, Explorer, and Health, with activities covering topics from the central dogma of biology, to genetic circuits, antibiotic resistance, and CRISPR.”

                              Read more here!


                            • Article: New Method for Engineering Metabolic Pathways

                              June 2019

                              In an article by Emily Ayshford, Milan Mrkisch discusses results of research co-authored with Mike and recently published in the journal Science Advances. The newly-developed method detailed in the paper combines cell-free protein synthesis and self-assembled monolayer desorption ionization (SAMDI) to help engineers better understand the pathways to create molecules.

                              Read more here!


                            • Congratulations, Quentin!

                              June 2019

                              CFPS meets SAMDI-CoA analysis was just published in Science Advances. Way to go Quentin!

                            • Mike chosen as finalist for Blavatnik National Award

                              May 2019

                              Mike and two other Northwestern faculty members have been named as finalists for the 2019 Blavatnik National Award for Young Scientists. These 31 finalists are considered to be some of America’s most important young scientific researchers aged 42 years or younger, driving the next generation of innovation by addressing today’s most complex and intriguing scientific questions. Congratulations, Mike!

                              Read more here!


                            • Congratulations to Katie Duncker and Ashvita Ramesh!

                              May 2019

                              Congratulations to Katie for being awarded Northwestern’s Biomedical Engineering Award for Research, and to Ashvita Ramesh for being named the outstanding senior in the BME department. Way to go!

                            • Mike and Andrew Ellington present at the Cambridge SynBio Forum

                              May 2019

                              Mike and Andrew Ellington discussed cell-free technologies, engineering and directed evolution of gene expression, and frugal, accessible science applications at the SynBio Forum in Cambridge, UK on May 14.

                              Read more here!


                            • BioBits featured in article on NSF website!

                              May 2019

                              “This is important work that helps students understand biological concepts such as how genetics maintain continuity while allowing for change,” said Devaki Bhaya, a program director in NSF’s Division of Molecular and Cellular Bioscience. “We need more pilot projects like this to inspire students who can advance our understanding of life processes.”

                              Read more here!


                            • Rafael Torres wins Summer Research Grant

                              May 2019

                              Congratulations to Rafael for receiving a Weinberg Summer Research Grant! Way to go!

                            • Article: Teaching CRISPR and antibiotic resistance to high school students

                              May 2019

                              In an article by Amanda Morris, Jess and Mike discuss BioBits, “a suite of hands-on educational kits that enable students to perform a range of biological experiments by adding water and simple reagents to freeze-dried cell-free reactions. The kits link complex biological concepts to visual, fluorescent readouts, so students know — after a few hours and with a single glance — the results of their experiments.” After launching BioBits last summer, the kit has been expanded to include modules for CRISPR and antibiotic resistance.

                              Read more here!


                            • Shaelyn Iyer and Yejun Kim receive Undergraduate Research Awards

                              May 2019

                              Congratulations to Shaelyn and Yejun for receiving 2019 Summer McCormick Undergraduate Research Awards! Way to go!

                            • Michael Hammerling receives Best Oral Presentation Award at Spring MRS 2019

                              May 2019

                              Michael was presented with the Best Oral Presentation Award for Growing Next-Generation Materials with Synthetic Biology at the Spring MRS 2019. Congratulations, Mike!

                            • Erik named Northwestern University Beckman Scholar

                              April 2019

                              Congratulations to Erik Bidstrup for being selected as a Northwestern University Beckman Scholar. Only two students are selected annually. Way to go!

                            • Article: Synthetic biology breaks out of the cell

                              April 2019

                              In an article by Fiona Mischel for SynBioBeta, Mike discusses advances in high-yield cell-free gene expression and cell-free systems. “[These systems] are the next stage in the evolution of metabolic engineering…[and] offer exciting opportunities to debug and optimize biosynthetic pathways before implementation in live cells and scale-up.”

                              Read more here!


                            • Blake Rasor named Brady Fellow!

                              March 2019

                              Congratulations to Blake for being named a Brady Fellow. Way to go!

                            • Article: ACS Editors Reflect on the Impact of Women Mentors

                              March 2019

                              Mike and other ACS Editors respond to the question: “Who has been an impactful woman mentor in your career and what have you learned from them?”

                              Read more here!


                            • Jess Stark wins poster award at Glycobiology GRC!

                              March 2019

                              Congratulations to Jess for receiving a poster award at the Glycobiology GRC. Way to go!

                            • Article: DNA’s Coding Power Doubled

                              February 2019

                              By combining four synthetic nucleotides with the four found naturally in nucleic acids, researchers have created eight-letter DNA molecules that look and behave like the real thing.

                              Read more here!


                            • Anne receives Ribosome 2019 Meeting Fellowship!

                              December 2018

                              Congratulations to Anne for receiving a Ribosome 2019 Meeting Fellowship. Way to go!

                            • Jess defends her thesis!

                              December 2018

                              Dr. Jessica Stark successfully defends her thesis on developing cell-free systems for on-demand biomanufacturing. Congratulations, Jess!

                            • Mike Distinguished Speaker for IC-CSYNB launch

                              November 2018

                              Mike was the Distinguished Speaker for the launch of the expanded Imperial College London Centre for Synthetic Biology.

                              • Article: Synthetic Biology Basics, Bit by Bit

                                December 2018

                                Emily Ayshford covers BioBits synthetic biology educational kits in an article for the Fall 2018 Northwestern Engineering Magazine.

                                “As scientists and engineers, we all had that one teacher in high school who got us excited about science,” says Jewett, Northwestern Engineering professor of chemical and biological engineering. “We had hands-on experiential, visual experiences that made us think, ‘I need to learn more about that.’ My students and I are dedicated to finding ways to inspire others to get excited about science in that same way.”

                                Read more here!


                                • Anne selected for Stanford PRISM program!

                                  November 2018

                                  Anne d’Aquino has been selected for the 2019 Stanford University Postdoctoral Recruitment Initiative in Sciences and Medicine Program (PRISM). Congratulations, Anne!

                                  • Bastian awarded Swiss National Science Foundation Scholarship

                                    November 2018

                                    Congratulations to Bastian for being awarded a Swiss National Science Foundation Early Postdoc.Mobility Scholarship. Way to go!

                                    • Article: From The Old Chemistry Set To New ‘BioBits,’ Cutting-Edge Kit To Teach Biology

                                      November 2018

                                      In an article and radio story, Carey Goldberg discusses the BioBits synthetic biology kits for high school students. “I just think it’s really important that microbiology education is accessible for everyone, and that everyone, regardless of their resources, has access to things like this.” – BioBits kit developer Ally Huang

                                      Read more here!


                                      • Mike co-chair of Future Directions workshop and report

                                        November 2018

                                        Michael Jewett co-chaired a Future Directions workshop and report funded by the Basic Research Office, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research & Engineering titled “Future directions of synthetic biology for energy and power.”
                                        Read the report here.

                                        • Article: Making biologics on demand

                                          November 2018

                                          An article by Celia Henry Arnaud discusses the research being done by teams funded by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). These researchers are working towards making systems that make biopharmaceutical production faster and easier, potentially enabling personalized medicine. “In addition to allowing biopharmaceuticals, also known as biologics, to be produced in remote settings for military physicians, the same type of technology might make it easier and cheaper to supply drugs and vaccines around the globe.”
                                          Read more here!

                                          • Video: The Air Force Center of Excellence for Advanced Bioprogrammable Nanomaterials at Northwestern

                                            November 2018

                                            The U.S. Air Force Center of Excellence for Advanced Bioprogrammable Nanomaterials, or C-ABN, was established at Northwestern University in 2015. The only Center of its kind in the country, the C-ABN represents an exciting new synergistic collaboration between researchers at Northwestern University and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). Check out a promotional video (including an appearance by Mike) here!

                                            • Erik wins Undergraduate Research Grant!

                                              November 2018

                                              Congratulations to Erik for receiving a University Office of Undergraduate Research Academic Year Undergraduate Research Grant. Erik will be conducting research over the course of this school year on the topic of ribosomal design with graduate student mentor Do Soon. Way to go!

                                            • Anne wins IBiS travel award!

                                              November 2018

                                              Anne d’Aquino has been awarded an IBiS travel award to present at the ASCB|EMBO 2018 meeting! Congratulations, Anne!

                                              • Ashty wins Peterson award from ACS!

                                                November 2018

                                                Ashty has received the W.H. Peterson Best Student Oral Presentation award from ACS BIOT. Congratulations, Ashty!

                                                • Mike recognized as one of “10 Biotechnology and Bioenterprise Professors to Know”

                                                  October 2018

                                                  Mike was recently recognized by MHAonline.com in their post “10 Biotechnology and Bioenterprise Professors to Know.” The list is comprised of outstanding professors and universities, and aims to recognize some of their great contributions to academia, as well as the rise in online education.

                                                  Read more here!

                                                  • Article: How Sweet It Is: GlycoSCORES Speed Drug Development

                                                    September 2018

                                                    In conjunction with the Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s Chemical and Biological Technologies Department, Mike has been working with Matthew DeLisa at Cornell and fellow Northwestern professor Milan Mrksich to develop the Glycosylation Sequence Characterization and Optimization by Rapid Expression and Screening (GlycoSCORES) system. This system utilizes rapid protein synthesis, glycosylation and characterization to determine the function of newly discovered proteins for accelerated drug discovery.
                                                    Read more here!

                                                    • Article: From the factory to the front lines: Combating superbugs and other threats through on-demand medicine

                                                      September 2018

                                                      In an article by Lisa La Vallee, advances in cell-free protein engineering by the Jewett lab and collaborators are discussed as steps toward manufacturing personalized therapies and vaccines in a resource-limited setting. “Imagine a time…when you go to the doctor and somewhere back in behind the counter you sit for an hour while someone makes a therapeutic designed just for you.”

                                                      Read more here!

                                                      • Ben’s Thesis Defense Celebration!

                                                        September 2018

                                                        The lab joined Ben to celebrate the successful defense of his PhD thesis! Congrats, Ben!

                                                      • Article: From Waste to Fuel: Researchers to Develop Next-Generation Biofuels and Bioproducts

                                                        September 2018

                                                        In an article by Julianne Beck, Mike discusses a multi-institutional project funded by the Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI) that aims to combine recent technological advancements in bioengineering to develop a transformative production system for next-generation biofuels and bioproducts.

                                                        Read more here!

                                                        • Inaugural Central US Synthetic Biology Workshop takes place at Northwestern

                                                          September 2018

                                                          The inaugural Central US Synthetic Biology Workshop took place September 6-7, 2018 to build community and foster a vibrant synthetic biology bioeconomy in the Central US. Read more here (article by Alex Gerage).

                                                          • Jess receives Distinguished Graduate Researcher Award

                                                            September 2018

                                                            Jessica Stark has received the 2018 Distinguished Graduate Researcher Award, an honor bestowed on the most outstanding graduate researcher in Northwestern’s Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. Jess’ outstanding publication and patent record highlights her PhD research to create enabling technologies for on-demand production of personalized medicines and vaccines. In addition, Jess is a co-creator of BioBits kits, inexpensive and user-friendly educational kits for teaching molecular and synthetic biology concepts, which have recently been spun out into a non-profit company. Congratulations, Jess!

                                                            • Jess presents her work at the 1st Central US Synthetic Biology Workshop

                                                              September 2018

                                                              Jess presented her research on glycoconjugate vaccines at the inaugural 2018 Central US Synthetic Biology Workshop held at Northwestern. Great job!

                                                              • Ashty receives award at ACS Fall National meeting!

                                                                August 2018

                                                                Congratulations to Ashty for receiving the first place paper at the Industrial & Engineering Chemistry’s Graduate Student Award Symposium during the ACS Fall National Meeting! Prizes were awarded to the top three talks out of 18 at the symposium. Way to go!

                                                                • Sam named NIH Biotechnology Training Fellow

                                                                  August 2018

                                                                  Congratulations to Sam for being named an NIH Biotechnology Training Fellow. Way to go!

                                                                  • BioBits educational kits bring synthetic and molecular biology experiments into K-12 classrooms

                                                                    August 2018

                                                                    Biobits, a collaboration among Northwestern University, MIT and the Wyss Institute at Harvard University, aims to bring synthetic biology to K-12 classrooms. The educational biology kits use freeze-dried cell-free reactions, which enable students to perform a range of simple, hands-on biological experiments, “introduc[ing] molecular and synthetic biology concepts without the need for specialized lab equipment, at a fraction of the cost of current standard experimental designs.”
                                                                    Read more here (article by Amanda Morris).

                                                                    • Jessica Stark, Anne d’Aquino, and Jasmine Hershewe lead BioBuilder workshops on campus!

                                                                      August 2018

                                                                      Jessica, Anne, and Jazzy hosted BioBuilder workshops where they taught Chicago teachers about Synthetic Biology and how to bring SynBio to their classrooms.

                                                                    • Ashty receives award for best talk at the ACS Spring National Meeting

                                                                      July 2018

                                                                      Ashty received a “Best of BIOT” award for his talk – Building a bridge between cell-free experimentation and cellular metabolic engineering – presented at the recent ACS National Meeting in New Orleans in April 2018. The presentation was very well received and of interest to the broader BIOT community.

                                                                      Read more here.


                                                                      • Mike receives Young Investigator Award

                                                                        July 2018

                                                                        Mike has received the 2018 Young Investigator Award from the Biochemical Engineering Journal! This annual award recognizes outstanding excellence in research and practice in the field of biochemical engineering.

                                                                        Read more here (article by Amanda Morris).


                                                                        • Jess’ paper on glycoprotein synthesis published in Nature Communications

                                                                          July 2018

                                                                          Jess’ paper “Single-pot Glycoprotein Biosynthesis Using a Cell-Free Transcription-Translation System Enriched with Glycosylation Machinery” was just published in Nature Communications!

                                                                          Read more here about how cell-free glycoprotein synthesis provides a cheaper, more rapid way to make medicines (article by Tom Fleischman).


                                                                          • Jewett lab alum Quentin Dudley using CFPS to express plant proteins

                                                                            June 2018

                                                                            Quentin Dudley (PhD, 2017), currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Earlham Institute/John Innes Centre (Norwich, UK), has received funding from the OpenPlant fund to use E. coli cell-free protein synthesis (CFPS) for expressing wheat transcription factors. Read about this project here!

                                                                          • Jewett Lab graduating seniors receive Honors

                                                                            June 2018

                                                                            Sam Davidson, Emily Roney, and Samantha Crowe (not pictured) were honored for their membership in Tau Beta Pi, an honor society for academic excellence in engineering, at the Northwestern University Honors Ceremony for graduating seniors. They credit the Jewett lab for going above and beyond to support them through their time as undergraduates at Northwestern. Congratulations!

                                                                          • Tasfia Azim a top-3 finalist for the Northwestern Gotaas Award

                                                                            June 2018

                                                                            The Northwestern Gotaas Award is given to one graduating senior in McCormick who has demonstrated excellence in research as an undergraduate. Congratulations, Tasfia!

                                                                          • Jess selected for MIT Chemical Engineering Rising Stars Workshop

                                                                            June 2018

                                                                            Congratulations to Jessica Stark for being selected to attend the inaugural MIT Chemical Engineering Rising Stars Workshop in October 2018. Way to go!

                                                                          • Jewett lab members inspire young women in STEM during HerStory 2018!

                                                                            May 2018

                                                                            Jewett lab members Anne d’Aquino, Jess Stark, Charlotte Abrahamson, and Katie Warfel volunteered with HerStory 2018 at the MSI — HerStory is an event aimed to inspire young women in STEM.

                                                                          • Tasfia Azim and Rachel Dubner present posters on their research

                                                                            May 2018

                                                                            Tasfia and Rachel presented their research projects at the Northwestern Research & Arts Undergraduate Resarch Expo. Congratulations Tasfia and Rachel!

                                                                          • Lab members headed to grad school!

                                                                            May 2018

                                                                            Congratulations to the members of the Jewett lab who will be attending graduate school next year! Thank you for your work and we look forward to watching your graduate careers unfold.

                                                                            • William Grubbe: University of Chicago, Molecular Engineering PhD
                                                                            • Sam Crowe: University of California-Berkeley, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering PhD
                                                                            • Sam Davidson: California Institute of Technology, Bioengineering PhD
                                                                            • Tasfia Azim: Rice University, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering PhD
                                                                            • Rachel Dubner: New York University School of Medicine, MD

                                                                          • Ashty defends his dissertation

                                                                            May 2018

                                                                            Ashty Karim has successfully defended his dissertation entitled “A cell-free framework for rapid enzymatic prototyping and discovery” and will be graduating as Dr. Ashty Karim. Congrats, Ashty!

                                                                          • Alysse receives Weinberg Summer Research Program Award

                                                                            May 2018

                                                                            Congratulations, Alysse! Alysse will be conducting research full-time with Anne d’Aquino for 10 weeks this summer. In her work, she will be building and characterizing ribosomal variants in vitro.

                                                                          • Lab receives DoE/USDA grant to advance biofuels, bioenergy, and bioproducts

                                                                            May 2018

                                                                            Through the Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI) the lab has been awarded a grant to develop a new platform for engineering reversal of β-oxidation in clostridia for synthesis of bioproducts from biomass syngas. This is an exciting and collaborative endeavor with colleagues at Rice University, GeorgiaTech, and LanzaTech.

                                                                          • Erik receives McCormick Summer Research Program Award

                                                                            May 2018

                                                                            Congratulations, Erik! Erik will be conducting research full-time with Do Soon for 10 weeks this summer. He will be developing methods for high-throughput building and testing of ribosome variants.

                                                                          • Article: New Biotech Technique Accelerates Protein Therapy Research

                                                                            May 2018

                                                                            In an article by Stephan Benzkofer, Mike and Milan Mrksich discuss their collaboration and new technique GlycoSCORES, which rapidly screens sequences for making glycoproteins.

                                                                          • Mike and Jess visit Glenbard East High School

                                                                            May 2018

                                                                            Mike and Jess Stark visited Tom Martinez’s advanced biology class at Glenbard East High School in Lombard, IL to discuss the Jewett labs research and synthetic biology. Go Rams!

                                                                          • Ashty receives ME-12 Junior Researcher Grant

                                                                            April 2018

                                                                            Ashty has received a competitive travel grant to attend the Metabolic Engineering 12 conference in Munich, Germany this June. He will present a poster on his work developing cell-free systems for pathway prototyping. Congrats, Ashty!

                                                                          • EU-US meeting on synthetic biology

                                                                            April 2018

                                                                            Approximately 20 scientists met in Brussels as part of an EU-US High-Level Expert Meeting to examine opportunities to advance basic science, emerging technologies and standards in biomanufacturing. A key focus was on cell-free biomanufacturing.

                                                                          • Weston is awarded NSF GROW award

                                                                            April 2018

                                                                            Weston was awarded a National Science Foundation grant to work for 6 months in the lab of Prof. Hans Wandall at the Copenhagen Center for Glycomics in Denmark through the Graduate Opportunities Worldwide (GROW) program. Congratulations, Weston!

                                                                          • Lauren selected for “Leadership Fundamentals” course

                                                                            April 2018

                                                                            Congratulations to Lauren Clark for being selected to participate in the “Leadership Fundamentals” course by the Center for Leadership!

                                                                          • Rachel wins poster award at CAURS

                                                                            April 2018

                                                                            Rachel Dubner’s poster was recognized as the best biological sciences presentation at the 2018 Chicago Area Undergraduate Research Symposium. Congratulations, Rachel!

                                                                          • Jess presents at AACR in Chicago

                                                                            April 2018

                                                                            Jessica Stark presented her research on cell-free glycoprotein synthesis as a poster at the American Association for Cancer Research National Meeting in Chicago!

                                                                          • Undersecretary of the Army visits the lab

                                                                            April 2018

                                                                            Undersecretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy visited the Jewett lab as part of a roundtable discussion on increasing university-military research collaboration held at Northwestern. McCarthy (pictured with Jess) and other delegates learned about ongoing research and participated in a hands-on cell-free protein synthesis activity.

                                                                          • Jewett lab members awarded NDSEG graduate fellowships

                                                                            April 2018

                                                                            Blake Rasor and Katie Warfel have received prestigious National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate fellowships. Congratulations!

                                                                          • Lab receives MURI to design stimuli-responsive proteins

                                                                            April 2018

                                                                            With NU collaborators Mrksich and Dravid, the lab was awarded a new grant to develop new approaches to control dynamics of proteins and protein assemblies using modular, stimuli-responsive chemical switches.

                                                                          • Lab wins DURIP Award!

                                                                            April 2018

                                                                            Congratulations to the lab for receiving an equipment grant for automatic ribosome design.

                                                                          • Jewett lab members receive NSF fellowships

                                                                            March 2018

                                                                            Congratulations to Blake Rasor (current Jewett Lab member) and Natalia Majewska (Jewett lab undergrad) for receiving the NSF graduate fellowship. Also, congrats to Katie Warfel for receiving an honorable mention. Way to go!

                                                                          • Article about cell-free systems project funded by JGI

                                                                            March 2018

                                                                            The latest project funded by the Joint Genome Institute (JGI) is headed by Mike and Hal Alper of the University of Texas at Austin.

                                                                            Alper: “What we’re trying to develop is a generic platform that’s pathway-agnostic, a seamless pipeline from DNA design to prototype…It’s a tool for both discovery and understanding, but always a way to speed up cell engineering.”

                                                                            Mike: “People have used cell-free frameworks to understand biochemistry for decades. What’s new is idea of treating a pathway as something that can be built from enzyme cocktails…In our design-build-test cycle, the unit isn’t a plasmid or a construct, but a lysate enriched with pathway enzymes. You have freedom and flexibility; direct access to reaction conditions because you don’t have cell walls, and it’s useful for non-model organisms.”


                                                                        • Mike discusses cell-free protein synthesis research

                                                                          March 2018

                                                                          In an article by Stephan Benzkofer, Mike discusses new innovations in cell-free biotechnology, recently published in the journal Nature Communications.

                                                                        • Jess Stark presents her educational tools work at EBRC!

                                                                          March 2018

                                                                          Jessica Stark gave an oral presentation at EBRC where she shared her work on generating cell-free educational tools!

                                                                        • Jewett lab attends EBRC retreat at UW

                                                                          March 2018

                                                                          Jewett lab members gave oral and poster presentations at the 2018 EBRC conference at the University of Washington!

                                                                        • Ashty wins ACS BIOT Peterson Travel Award!

                                                                          March 2018

                                                                          Ashty has won the ACS BIOT Peterson Travel Award! Way to go Ashty!

                                                                        • Anne receives honorary Presidential Fellowship

                                                                          March 2018

                                                                          Anne has been selected for an honorary Presidential Fellowship, the most prestigious fellowship awarded to graduate students by Northwestern University. Congrats, Anne!

                                                                        • Sam receives Brady Scholars Program Fellowship

                                                                          March 2018

                                                                          Sam has received a graduate fellowship in the Brady Scholar’s Program. Congrats, Sam!

                                                                        • SynBREU is seeking applicants!

                                                                          March 2018

                                                                          The new Synthetic Biology Research Experience for Undergraduates is seeking applicants from around the country for a 10 week summer program. SynBREU provides students with the chance “to work in Northwestern Engineering’s Center for Synthetic Biology, an interdisciplinary research hub at the intersection of engineering, medicine, physics, and computer science.” (Article)

                                                                          More information HERE!

                                                                        • Tasfia presents at AIChE Midwest Regional Conference

                                                                          March 2018

                                                                          Tasfia gave a talk at the 2018 American Institute of Chemical Engineers Midwest Regional Conference at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Congrats, Tasfia!

                                                                        • Anne is awarded an NU BonD Travel Award

                                                                          December 2017

                                                                          Anne was awarded the NU BonD Travel award to give an oral presentation at ICBE Asia 2018 in Singapore! Congratulations, Anne!

                                                                        • Tasfia wins 2017 AIChE Undergraduate Poster Award

                                                                          October 2017

                                                                          Tasfia’s poster won 2nd place in the Biotechnology, Food, and Pharma III Division at the 2017 AIChE Undergraduate Student Poster Competition held in Minneapolis, MN, where about 330 undergraduates from all over the nation presented their research. Congratulations, Tasfia!

                                                                        • Anne and Andrea d’Aquino featured in Northwestern Now

                                                                          September 2017

                                                                          Anne and her twin sister Andrea are interviewed about their work inspiring young girls and minorities to pursue science.

                                                                        • Ashty receives Distinguished Graduate Researcher Award

                                                                          August 2017

                                                                          Ashty has received the 2017 Distinguished Graduate Researcher Award, an honor bestowed on the most outstanding graduate researcher in Northwestern’s Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. In addition to his outstanding publication and patent record that has highlighted his research dedicated to advancing new paradigms for biomanufacturing sustainable chemicals, he served as a Teaching Apprentice for the undergraduate process controls course, working with Josh Leonard, to high acclaim. Congratulations, Ashty!

                                                                        • Mike discusses Custom-Made Molecules

                                                                          August 2017

                                                                          In a recent article published in The Scientist Magazine, Mike comments on the power of making custom molecules through DNA synthesis in an automated fashion. This is in regards to new work being conducted by Synthetic Genomics in La Jolla, CA. Check it out!

                                                                        • Anne wins Ryan Fellowship

                                                                          July 2017

                                                                          Anne was selected as one of this year’s Ryan Fellows. The fellowship is awarded to the finest graduates students working in the realm of nanotechnology. Congrats, Anne!

                                                                        • Anne and Weston represent the Lab at SEED

                                                                          July 2017

                                                                          Anne presented a poster on her ribosome work and Weston gave a talk in the student session at SEED in Vancouver, Canada this year. Awesome job!

                                                                        • Quentin defends his dissertation

                                                                          June 2017

                                                                          Quentin Dudley has successfully defended his dissertation and will be graduating as Dr. Quentin Dudley. Congrats, Quentin!

                                                                        • Rey defends his dissertation

                                                                          June 2017

                                                                          Rey Martin has successfully defended his dissertation and will be graduating as Dr. Rey Martin. Congrats, Rey!

                                                                        • Thinking Differently: Northwestern’s Center for Synthetic Biology featured in news story

                                                                          June 2017

                                                                          Mike and the rest of the synthetic biology professors are the subject of one of the featured stories in the most recent issue of McCormick School of Engineering’s Spring publication. Congrats, Mike!

                                                                        • Erik defends his dissertation

                                                                          May 2017

                                                                          Erik Carlson has successfully defended his dissertation and will be graduating as Dr. Erik Carlson. Congrats, Erik!

                                                                        • Making antibodies minus the cells

                                                                          May 2017

                                                                          Rey’s recent publication in ACS Synthetic Biology was just highlighted in C&EN news. This work shows the development of a cell-free platform for rapid, high-throughput prediction of mAb expression ranking to accelerate design–build–test cycles required for antibody expression and engineering.

                                                                        • Mike joins Cell Systems Editorial Board

                                                                          April 2017

                                                                          Mike has joined the expanded editorial board of the journal Cell Systems. As featured in this editorial, Mike joins several others in expanding the scope of what Cell Systems has to offer!

                                                                        • Mike receives the 2017 Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence Award

                                                                          April 2017

                                                                          Mike was one of seven professors from Northwestern University to be selected for his commitment to and excellence in teaching. This award was highlighted in McCormmick news. Congrats, Mike!

                                                                        • The Jewett Lab Marches for Science

                                                                          April 2017

                                                                          Tasfia, Jess, Anne, and Jazzy make Northwestern’s website’s front page in their video clip contribution to Northwestern’s March for Science video. Great representation of the Jewett Lab!

                                                                        • Adam defends his dissertation

                                                                          April 2017

                                                                          Adam Hockenberry, co-advised with Mike and Luis Amaral, has successfully defended his dissertation and is graduating as Dr. Adam hockenbery. Congrats, Adam!

                                                                        • Jazzy and Andrew win prestigious national fellowships

                                                                          April 2017

                                                                          Jazzy and Andrew have each received the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship. This fellowship is only awarded to 150 graduate students national-wide who have demonstrated the ability and special aptitude for advanced training in science and engineering. Congrats to both Andrew and Jazzy!

                                                                          Andrew also was awarded the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports 2,000 outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics each year. Congrats, Andrew!

                                                                        • The lab is funded by highly competitive Human Frontier Science Program award

                                                                          April 2017

                                                                          The lab has been funded by the Human Frontier Science Program to create an ancient version of a cell. The team includes Andrew Ellington, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, at The University of Texas at Austin; Philippe Marliere, synthetic biologist at Genopole Evry in France; and Hiroaki Suga, professor of chemistry, at the University of Tokyo. The plan is to create a cell that uses ribozymes for transcription and tranlsation. This award was highlighted by Northwestern Engineering News.

                                                                          The Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) is an international program of research support, funding frontier research on the complex mechanisms of living organisms. Research is funded at all levels of biological complexity from biomolecules to the interactions between organisms.

                                                                        • The EBRC hosts their second retreat at Northwestern

                                                                          March 2017

                                                                          Northwestern hosted this year’s retreat for the Engineering Biology Research Consortium (EBRC) at Norris University Center. Nearly 170 faculty, researchers, and students attended from multiple universities including MIT, Harvard, Columbia University, Caltech, Cornell, Stanford, and the University of California at Berkeley. Many exciting talks and posters were presented and our very own Ashty Karim won a poster award. It was a great event for the Center for Synthetic Biology and for our lab!

                                                                        • Jess represents the lab at EBRC

                                                                          March 2017

                                                                          Jess gave a talk on her research at the spring 2017 EBRC retreat held at Northwestern. Great job!

                                                                        • Ashty to attend Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting

                                                                          February 2017

                                                                          Ashty was selected to attend the 2017 Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting in June this year. Once every year, 30–40 Nobel Laureates convene at Lindau to meet the next generation of leading scientists: 400-500 undergraduates, PhD students, and post-doc researchers from all over the world. The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings foster the exchange among scientists of different generations, cultures, and disciplines. Congrats, Ashty!

                                                                        • Ribo-T appears in Textbook

                                                                          February 2017

                                                                          Work done in the lab on Ribo-T was recently highlighted with an interview with Mike in the textbook, Microbiology: An Evolving Science, by Slonczewski and Foster.


                                                                        • Jessica starts her new job as an Associate Director

                                                                          January 2017

                                                                          Jessica Perez started her new job this month as the Associate Director of Education and Inclusivity with the Center for Power Optimization of Electro-Thermal Systems Research (POETS). POETS is an Engineering Research Center (ERC) with the long term goal of increasing the power density of current mobile electrified systems by 10-100 times over current state of the art systems. Jessica will work on the Center’s strategic education and workforce development plans including diversity/inclusivity in Science, Engineering, Technology and Mathematics (STEM). Congrats, Jessica!

                                                                        • Jessica is awarded top prize for AIChE Talk

                                                                          November 2016

                                                                          Quentin Dudley, Ashty Karim, and Jessica Stark attended the American Institute of Chemical Engineers Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California to give talks on their work. All were well received, and Jessica Stark was awarded one of four total awards given this year in Division 15 (Food, Pharmaceutical, and Bioengineering). Congrats, Jessica!

                                                                        • Mike awarded 2017 ACS BIOT Young Investigator Award

                                                                          November 2016

                                                                          Mike Jewett is awarded the American Chemical Society’s Division of Biochemical Technology (BIOT) Young Investigator Award, sponsored by Genentech, Inc. Mike will give an award lecture at the 253rd ACS National Meeting in San Francisco, California in April. Congrats, Mike!

                                                                        • Ashty and Anne present at the EBRC Inaugural Retreat

                                                                          November 2016

                                                                          Ashty and Anne attended the inaugural retreat for the Engineering Biology Research Consortium (EBRC) at California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, CA. Ashty presented a talk in the public webcast session, and Anne presented a poster. Anne won a first place poster award for her work on engineering ribosomes!

                                                                          The EBRC aims to bring together an inclusive community committed to advancing biological engineering to address national and global needs. It is comprised of academic members from over two dozen U.S. universities and biotechnology firms ranging from start-ups to multinational conglomerate companies.

                                                                        • Jessica defends her dissertation and graduates

                                                                          November 2016

                                                                          Jessica Perez has successfully defended her dissertation and is graduating as Dr. Jessica Perez. Congrats Jessica!
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                                                                        • Weston passes his qualifying exam

                                                                          October 2016

                                                                          Weston Kightlinger passes his qualifying exam. He is now a Ph.D. candidate. Congratulations!
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                                                                        • Do Soon passes his qualifying exam

                                                                          September 2016

                                                                          Do Soon Kim passes his qualifying exam. He is now a Ph.D. candidate. Congratulations!
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                                                                        • Mike gives Mellichamp Distinguished Lecture

                                                                          September 2016

                                                                          Professor Michael Jewett gave the inaugural Suzanne C and Duncan A Mellichamp Distinguished Lecturer in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Jewett’s lecture titled” Repuposing ribosomes for synthetic biology” offered an exciting vision towards new directions in harnessing the translation apparatus of the cell to manufacture medicines and functional materials.

                                                                          In the photo left to right are David Scholl (Chair Chemical and bimolecular engineering GaTech), Suzanne Mellichamp, Duncan Mellichamp, and Michael Jewett.

                                                                        • Inspired by Nature: Northwestern Medicine Feature

                                                                          Summer 2016

                                                                          With the launch of the Center of Synthetic Biology (CSB) we are organizing a team and the infrastructure to solve big problems. The Northwestern Medicine Magazine is featuring our endeavors to retool biological systems to develop new materials and therapeutics. Read more about this here.
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                                                                        • Lab has huge presence at SEED 2016 in Chicago

                                                                          July 2016

                                                                          Our lab attended the 2016 Synthetic Biology: Engineering, Evolution & Design (SEED) conference held in Chicago sharing research endeavors with the SynBio community. One highlight includes Jessica Stark giving a well-received talk on cell-free glycosylation. In addition, Erik Carlson and Ashty Karim received poster awards for their research.


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                                                                        • The Lab gets funding from the DOD’s MURI program

                                                                          July 2016

                                                                          New funding from the Department of Defense’s Multidisciplinary University Research Initiatives (MURI) program helps the lab extend our research to engineer and repurpose the ribosome to make new kinds of polymers for flow batteries. Read more about this here.
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                                                                        • Jennifer defends her dissertation

                                                                          June 2016

                                                                          Jennifer Kay has successfully defended her dissertation and is graduating as Dr. Jennifer Kay. Congrats Jennifer!
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                                                                        • Jen graduates

                                                                          June 2016

                                                                          Jen Schoborg has officially graduated and gets ready to start her job as a Research Scietist at Pfizer. Congrats and good luck, Jen!
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                                                                        • Mike presents at XB2

                                                                          May 2016

                                                                          Mike presented a talk on repurposing ribosomes at XB2, The Second Conference on Xenobiology in Berlin. Pictured from left to right are Tobias Erb (max plank), Farren Isaacs (yale), Chang Liu (UCI), Abhishek Chatterjee (BC), and Mike jewett (NU)
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                                                                        • Jen defends her dissertation

                                                                          April 2016

                                                                          Jen Schoborg has successfully defended her dissertation and is graduating as Dr. Jennifer Schoborg. Congrats Jen!
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                                                                        • Do Soon and Jazzy receive NSF GRFP recognition

                                                                          April 2016

                                                                          Do Soon has been awarded the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, and Jazzy received an Honorable Mention. Congrats Do Soon and Jazzy!
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                                                                        • Center for Synthetic Biology Launch

                                                                          March 2016

                                                                          Northwestern launched it’s Center for Synthetic Biology this month bringing together faculty and students from the McCormick School of Engineering, the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, and the Feinberg School of Medicine. The Center provides a midwest hub for scientists and engineers working to program biological systems to solve some of the world’s biggest problems. Check out more about the center.
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                                                                        • Lauren’s two-year anniversary

                                                                          January 2016

                                                                          Lauren Clark has been with the lab for two years serving as lab manager and as research staff. She is essential to the research the lab does. To years to come!
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                                                                        • James and Justin join the lab

                                                                          January 2016

                                                                          James Kath, postdoctoral researcher, and Justin Wang, Masters in Biotechnology student, join the lab. Welcome to the Jewett Lab!
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                                                                        • Ashty Passes his qualifying exam

                                                                          January 2016

                                                                          Ashty Karim passes his qualifying exam. He is now a Ph.D. candidate. Congratulations!

                                                                        • Jess passes her qualifying exam

                                                                          October 2015

                                                                          Jessica Stark passes her qualifying exam. She is now a Ph.D. candidate. Congratulations!

                                                                        • Javin’s publication in Nature Communications gets press

                                                                          September 2015

                                                                          Javin Oza’s new publication on CFPS of phosphoproteins is out in Nature Communications. This article has garnered press highlighting the newfound ability to study special proteins associated with disease.

                                                                        • Professor Jewett is promoted

                                                                          September 2015

                                                                          Professor Jewett has been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure. Congratulations!

                                                                        • Seok Hoon is an Assistant Professor at IIT

                                                                          August 2015

                                                                          Seok Hoon Hong, former postdoctoral researcher, has accepted a position at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). Congratulations to him and the start of the Hong Lab at IIT.