Pamela Silver

Pamela Silver  Elliot T. and Onie H. Adams Professor of Biochemistry and Systems Biology
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We seek to both enhance our understanding of natural biological design, and to develop tools and concepts for designing cells, tissues and organisms.  In the long term, we hope to develop principles for building synthetic cells that act as sensors, memory devices, bio-computers, producers of high value commodities and energy from the sun, and to build novel subsystems such as proteins with designed properties for therapeutic use.  Current projects use mammalian cells, simple eukaryotes and prokaryotes.  Understanding how to program cells in a rational way will have value, for example, in stem cell design, drug therapy and the environment.  These experiments use a combination of theoretical and experimental approaches that are well suited to students with backgrounds in biology, engineering, or any allied field.

About Dr. Silver: Pamela Silver is the Elliot T and Onie H Adams Professor of Biochemistry and Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School.  She is also a full member of the Wyss Institute of Biologically Inspired Engineering.  She was one of the first members of the Department of Systems Biology and the first Director of the Harvard University Graduate Program in Systems Biology.  For more information see: