NEPTUN Biography

EVAN MUN, Aspiring professor of synthetic biology

Major: Biochemistry

College/Employer: NEU

Year of Graduation: 2020

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

I am a graduating senior at Northeastern University, the President of our school's Biochemistry Club and American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, the Vice-President of our "Out in STEM" chapter, and a peer mentor for incoming students.

On campus, I research stem cells and regeneration in the Mexican Axolotl, the beloved salamander with the ever-smiling face. Next year I will be to attending one of the top graduate programs in the country for Cell and Synthetic Biology, and hope to inspire other students with dreams as big as mine.

In my free time, I like to read, write, run, and I'm a HUGE fan of the Boston Celtics, Hamilton, and Taylor Swift.

Past Classes

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The Apotheosis Hypothesis in Splash Spring 2020
Have you ever wanted something so badly only to be told it was impossible? A researcher’s job is to prove those people wrong! Apotheosis refers to the ascent of something to a divine status. This course explores the ways bio-engineering can create a brighter future in ways once believed only accessible to gods. Students will be guided through a brief history of the advancements that led to humans taking control of evolution, followed by a deeper dive into some current achievements within the field of synthetic biology (CRISPR, Optogenetics, Stem Cells, and beyond!). The course aims to illuminate the ways in which impossible problems can be overcome by the science of controlling biological systems. This includes a spotlight on the embryonic engineering which inspired my research career and an interactive period where students will workshop hypothetical solutions to their own “impossible” problems.