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Drawn from diverse scientific, engineering, and medical backgrounds, our members are an interactive mix of students, research fellows, scientific staff, and visiting scholars. We share a passion for innovative design of self-assembling biomolecular machines and their translation into research tools, diagnostics, therapeutics, and other useful technologies.

An overarching mentoring goal of our labs is to cultivate in our members the mindset and skills needed for success as an independent researcher, especially collaborative brainstorming and working, critical thinking, attention to detail, creativity, and contextualizing broader impacts. We eagerly share our latest thoughts and results, and endeavor to foster inquisitive, enthusiastic, encouraging, inclusive environments in which our members can thrive.

Shih Lab

Our Labs are located at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Wyss Institute for Biological Engineering at Harvard, and we are part of the Department of Cancer Biology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Department of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology at Harvard Medical School. Our research program in Biomolecular Nanotechnology and Robotics greatly benefits from the rich fusion of chemical and synthetic biology, structural biology and biophysics, and bioengineering and immunotherapy, as well as the culture of translation and entrepreneurship collectively nurtured by these three institutions.

Dana Farber
Harvard Medical School
Wyss Institute

Blake Nissen for the Boston Globe

The larger backdrop of the Longwood Medical Academic Area offers a uniquely high concentration of world's top biomedical experts, providing an exceptionally stimulating environment for learning and collaboration

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