James Pelletier

Center for Bits and Atoms

Greetings! I am a 4th year graduate student in the CBA, supervised by Neil Gershenfeld. I am in the MIT Department of Physics graduate program, with a focus in biophysics. In particular, I am interested in reconstitution of biological systems, to investigate the structure and dynamics of cells.

In other words, we take cells apart then try to put them back together, to learn about the functional organization of cells. I am studying large, eukaryotic frog eggs, and small, prokaryotic mycoplasmas.

To study the organization of frog eggs, I am co-supervised by Nikta Fakhri in the MIT Department of Physics, and Timothy Mitchison in the Harvard Medical School Department of Systems Biology.

To study mycoplasmas, bacteria with minimal genomes, I am collaborating with John Glass at the J. Craig Venter Institute, and Elizabeth Strychalski at the National Institute of Standards and Technology.