Courses


FAB ACADEMY | HOW TO GROW ALMOST ANYTHING

Together with Professor George Church of Harvard Medical School, I designed and instructated a new course for the international Fab Academy, "How To Grow Almost Anything." The Fab Academy, founded by Professor Neil Gershenfeld, houses the international course "How to Make Almost Anything." We are evolving Fab Labs into Bio Labs, join the movement today! Continue...

MIT IAP 2015 | FLUIDICS FOR SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY: PROTOTYPING MICROBIAL COMMUNITIES

The human gut is an astonishing ecosystem of trillions of micro-organisms that live in a remarkable harmony with us, the human host. In this graduate course students developed 3D design and fabrication skills and constructed fluidic, "artificial guts." Students utilized these structures to culture a variety of gut-based micro-organisms, both in mono- and co-cultures, to prototype and construct from scratch their own microbial communities. Continue...

MIT IAP 2014 | OPEN-SOURCE FLUIDICS FOR SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY

DNA assembly is the foundational technology for Synthetic Biology. In this graduate course, students developed proficiency in 3D design and fabrication technologies and constructed fluidic devices for assembling synthetic DNA. Students fabricated multi-input 3D fluidics for mixing DNA and enzyme solutions on-chip, culminating in the assembly of genetic circuits, which were booted up in bacteria and assayed for function. Continue...


MIT | DESIGN ACROSS SCALES

Biology is the future medium for design. I worked with Professor Neri Oxman of the MIT Media Lab to design and implement a 2-week module on synthetic biology as part of her course (co-taught with Professor Meejin Yoon), "Design Across Scales." More than 100 architects and designers were introduced to the latest tools and techniques for engineering biology, including a multi-day workshop on organism design, DNA assembly, and bacterial transformation.

MARINE BIOLOGY LAB | PHYSIOLOGY: MODERN CELL BIOLOGY

Dating back to 1892, the Physiology Course at the Marine Biology Lab at Woods Hole is one of the longest running biology classes in the world. This legendary course was the birthplace to Nobel Prize winning experiments, in addition to boasting a lineage of instructors that includes Watson and Crick! In the summer of 2014, I was privileged to join the family at MBL and instruct a module on fluidic tools for molecular and cell biology. Continue...

UC DAVIS | INTRODUCTION TO SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY

In the Spring of 2013 I designed and taught a module on DNA assembly and microfluidics for the UC Davis undergraduate course, "Introduction to Synthetic Biology." 60 students utilized microfluidic devices to assemble genetic circuits via gateway cloning in a 4-day workshop.


student comments

"Energy, charisma, knowledge, insight, pedagogy, the complete package, boom!"

-Yaniv Turgeman, Graduate Student, Human Microbiome Center

"David's enthusiasm for the course material was nothing short of inspiring. He was also incredibly thoughtful and supportive of everyone in the class. He was able to create a community of collaborators and friends out of strangers."

-Noa Machover, Pre-Frosh

“This was by far the best class I’ve taken at MIT. I can’t believe how much I learned, and I had so much fun!”

-Che-Wei Wang, Graduate Student, Media Laboratory

“I had such a great time the last two weeks. I wish all of MIT could be more like that! We were really blown away by how much work and attention you gave to the class, it made it really special for all of us. Being able to learn things and work on projects that we couldn't do anywhere else is really why we're here.”

-Taylor Levy, Graduate Student, Media Laboratory