Assaf Gilad

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Synthetic Biology Division


Assaf Gilad is the chief of the Division of Synthetic Biology and Regenerative Medicine in the Institute for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering at MSU. He was recruited from Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Gilad is a biologist by training and a professor of biomedical engineering and radiology.

Prior to joining MSU, Dr. Gilad was a faculty member in the radiology department at Johns Hopkins University. He received his undergraduate degree from Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, and his graduate degree and Ph.D. from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel.

The Gilad Lab

The overarching theme of Dr. Gilad’s research program harnesses the intersection of radiology and molecular biology to develop new in vivo imaging technologies that can be used to tackle fundamental biological questions. Specifically, the lab works to develop novel genetically encoded and nanoparticles biosensors for both MRI detection and neuromodulation.

The lab is interested in the interface between biology and electronics at the protein level. We are engineering new proteins that can improve medical diagnostics, disease treatment, tissue regeneration, and biotechnological process.

Specific projects:
    1. Developing genetically encoded reporters that can be visualized by cutting-edge imaging tools such as MRI, PET and optical imaging.
    1. Genetically evolving protein that can affect cellular activity with the highest precision.
    1. Developing computational algorithms that can assist with protein evolution.
  1. Developing biological computers, for example, bioengineering circuits from “biological parts” that can perform computational tasks.