Prof. Ron Weiss is one of the pioneers of synthetic biology. He has been engaged in synthetic biology research since 1996, when he was a graduate student at MIT and helped set up a wet-lab in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS).

He received a master’s and a PhD degrees in EECS, both from MIT. After completing his PhD, Weiss joined the faculty of Princeton University’s Department of Electrical Engineering. More recently, he recently returned to MIT to take on a tenured faculty position in the EECS and the Department of Biological Engineering. He is principal investigator for the Weiss Lab for Synthetic Biology.