Wendell LimDepartment of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology Chair and Professor
Simons Foundation Lectures are free public colloquia related to basic science and mathematics. These high-level talks are intended for professors, students, postdocs and business professionals, but interested people from the metropolitan area are welcome as well.
The design principles of cell signaling circuits allow cells to sense their environment, to process this information and to make complex response decisions. Wendell Lim and his collaborators are using synthetic biology approaches to systematically build cell networks to understand their design logic. They are harnessing this understanding to program cells with customized sensing-actuator functions — one example is smart therapeutic immune cells that can recognize and treat complex diseases, such as cancer inflammation and degeneration.
In this lecture, Lim will discuss the design principles of molecular circuits that govern cell decision-making and responses. He will also describe how these principles can be harnessed to engineer cells with customized therapeutic response programs.