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All Hands In


Diversity is the foundation of life. At the core of our research is the cross-pollination of ideas and expertise from different perspectives.

We are committed to nurturing a group of scientists with diverse life history and scientific backgrounds.

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Freeman Lan

Principal Investigator 

Assistant Professor, Institute of Biomedical Engineering

I spent undergraduate at University of Toronto dabbling in engineering, biochemistry, and microbiology before doing my PhD in high-throughput biology and synthetic biology in the UC Berkeley/UCSF Joint Graduate Program in Bioengineering. After two years working in industry with startup companies, I spent several years as a Postdoctoral fellow at UW Madison studying microbial communities of the human gut using in vitro culturing and computational modelling approaches. In 2023, I started as faculty at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto. My scientific interests are in innovating ultrahigh-throughput approaches to study microbial communities and in developing ways to precisely manipulate them.

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