My name is Miles George and I’m a rising senior at MIT. I’m studying Biological Engineering and minoring in Africa and African Diaspora Studies. I plan to go to graduate school after college to get a PhD in Synthetic Biology, Genetics, or a related field of bioengineering.
Bioengineering in recent years has been dominated by protein production. Biologists are continuously creating and innovating new approaches to optimize protein synthesis to be more efficient and yield more product. Research from the Djuranovic lab suggests that protein efficiency is greatly affected by early elongation events in the protein of interest. Currently it is not well understood how regions upstream of the protein can affect production efficiency and yield. To address this gap in understanding, we propose to vary genetic sequences upstream of eukaryotic and prokaryotic proteins.