Tal Danino’s research explores the emerging intersection of biology and engineering, focusing on building a quantitative understanding of gene circuits to design biological behaviors that have technological applications. The interaction of microbes and tumors is a focus of his work, where synthetic biology techniques are used to program microbes for applications in cancer. Tal brings this science outside the laboratory as a TED Fellow and through bio-art works.

Originally from Los Angeles, Tal received B.S. degrees in Physics, Math, and Chemistry from UCLA and a Ph.D. in Bioengineering from UCSD.  He did his postdoctoral research at the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT and is Director of the Synthetic Biological Systems Laboratory at Columbia University.