The science of networking


MIT senior Esther Jang uses science, engineering, and teaching to help others and challenge herself.

Jang entered MIT with a strong interest in biology, and soon declared as a computer science and molecular biology major. The summer after her freshman year, she worked at the MIT Synthetic Biology Center with Timothy Lu, an assistant professor of electrical engineering, and Rahul Sarpeshkar, an associate professor of electrical engineering. There, she constructed genetic circuits in E. coli, a bacterium found in the lower intestine of people and animals. After spending her days in the lab, she nurtured her passion for teaching in the evenings by working with high-school students through the MIT Educational Studies Program.

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