Prof. Tal Danino’s research explores the emerging intersection of systems biology, synthetic biology, and engineering, focusing on building a quantitative understanding of gene circuits and designing biological behaviors that have technological applications. The interaction of microbes and tumors is a major target of his work, where DNA sequences and synthetic biology are used to program ­­microbes as diagnostics and therapeutics in cancer. Dr. Danino also brings this science outside the laboratory as a TED Fellow and through science-art projects. 2011-15, Postdoctoral Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 2005-11, Ph.D. Bioengineering, University of California, San Diego 2001-05, B.S. Physics, Chemistry, Math, University of California, Los Angeles