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Georgia Institute of Technology
Craig Forest joined the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering as an Assistant Professor in August 2008. Since then he has established a research program focused on the creation and application of miniaturized, high-throughput robotic instrumentation to advance biomolecular science, along with the fundamental engineering that makes such instrumentation possible. Dr. Forest’s laboratory works at the intersection of bioMEMS, machine design, signal processing, optics, and manufacturing at the frontiers of the emerging bio-nano field. The development of instruments that can load, manipulate, and measure many biological samples at the resolution of single cells simultaneously with better accuracy and reliability than current approaches opens the door to essential, comprehensive biological system studies.
“New directions in science are launched by new tools much more often than by new concepts. The effect of a concept-driven revolution is to explain old things in new ways. The effect of a tool-driven revolution is to discover new things that have to be explained.” – Imagined Worlds, Freeman Dyson
In the course of the past 4.5 years, the instruments developed in the Forest laboratory have led to the genesis of a new field of intracellular in vivo robotics for neuroscience, a new virus detector that is a 10-100x improvement over pre-existing technologies, a device for personalizing drug dosage to prevent heart attacks, and a parallellized genome-engineering technique. Fundamental engineering advancements have been made in microfabrication, modeling flow of photons and fluids, and neuron identification within the milieu of the living brain. These instruments, and the discoveries they enable, are unlocking new frontiers in neuroscience and genetic science.