This year's conference focused on the theme of "Democratizing Innovation."
Lourdes Aleman, a Cuban-American, shares her greatest source of inspiration throughout her journey to becoming a scientist, a story of her father's remarkable perseverance in the face of overwhelming adversity.
RNA interference (RNAi) is a process in which small pieces of silencing RNA (siRNA) bind to cellular RNA, thereby shutting down the production of the encoded protein.
Nozomi, a self-described artist and comic book lover, describes how her training to become a scientist was akin to that of a ninja.
Dr. Sarah Bowman studies a protein from a pathogenic bacterium that is found in the stomach and is known to cause ulcers. She explains how the bacterium survives in the low pH environment of the stomach by using a nickel-dependent protein to buffer the acidity of its ...
Dr. Nozomi Ando conducts research on a protein that is essential for DNA synthesis, repair and replication. She explains how this protein is in equilibrium between an active and an inactive form, and how discovering strategies to lock the protein in the inactive ...
Darcy describes her realization that science is not something "done — in the past tense" by people long ago, but rather an exciting pursuit that requires social interactions to solve current real-world questions.
Ben Ofori-Okai discusses the concept of orbital degeneracy (two orbitals with the same energy) in relation to his research on nanoscale MRI (magnetic resonance imaging)
Hector Hernandez, assistant professor in chemical engineering, describes how Le Chatelier's principle and the effects of pressure on solubility relate to his research on harnessing microbes to remove carbon dioxide from the environment. Hector envisions that his ...
Hector initially worked in construction, but at age 29, he realized he wanted to use his mind instead of his back in his career.
Quantum dots are tiny semiconductor crystals with vivid colors that can be used as visual labels in biology and medicine. Quantum dots excited by UV radiation emit light with an energy and color that is determined by the size of the quantum dot. Darcy Wanger describes how the characteristics ...
Jingnan Lu's research focuses on converting carbon dioxide, an environmental pollutant, into biofuel. Here she explains how she engineers a carbon-storing microorganism into a biofuel production pathway.
Jingnan Lu describes how she overcame the challenge of learning English as a teenager when she moved to the United States from China, and how a research experience showed her that she can use science to help people.
Stefanie Sydlik explains how her research on designing sensors for explosives depends on the principles of VSEPR (valence shell electron pair repulsion) theory.
Nondisclosure Agreements (NDAs): Ellen Baum, MIT Sloan Contracts Administrator, and Brad Abruzzi, MIT Office of General Counsel Recorded Feb. 12, 2013