The Leonard Lab is committed to enabling an emerging paradigm of design-driven medicine by integrating synthetic biology with systems biology to address pressing challenges in medicine and biotechnology.


Using synthetic biology, protein engineering, gene therapy, biophysics and computational systems biology, we develop technologies such as mammalian and microbial cell-based “devices,” immune therapies for cancer and chronic disease, smart vaccines, biosensors for global health applications, and evolvable metabolic engineering platforms.



For more information about our research interests, click here.








News & Events

July 2015 - Congratulations to Dr Andy Scarpelli for successfully defending his thesis!

June 2015 - Congratulations to Dr Rachel Dudek for successfully defending her thesis!

June 2015 - Welcome Austin Rottinghaus to the lab!

May 2015 - Congratulations to Neil Dalvie for being awarded the Chemistry of Life Processes Summer Scholar Award!

May 2015 - Congratulations to Michelle Hung for being selected for the Best Mentor Award from Niles West High School

May 2015 - Hung et al. was one of the most viewed JBC articles published in March and April! Pubmed

May 2015 - Wells et al. paper highlighted in Northwestern McCormick Engineering News! Read More

Apr 2015 - Congratulations to Taylor Dolberg for winning the NDSEG graduate research fellowship!livepage.apple.com

Mar 2015 - Congratulations to Ragan Pitner and Andy Scarpelli for their recent paper in ACS Synthetic Biology! ACS

Mar 2015 - Congratulations to Joe Muldoon for wining the NSF Honorable Mention!

Mar 2015 -  Congratulations to Taylor Dolberg for winning the NSF graduate research fellowship!

Feb 2015 - Congratulations to Naomi Lisse for winning an Undergraduate Research Grant!

Feb 2015 - Congratulations to Nichole Daringer and Kelly Schwarz for their recent paper in JBC! JBC

Feb 2015 - Congratulations to Danny Wells and Yishan Chuang for their recent paper in PLOS Computational Biology! Pubmed Related Press

Feb 2015 - Congratulations to Michelle Hung for her recent paper in JBC! Pubmed

Jan 2015 - Congratulations to Neil Dalvie for winning an Undergraduate Research Grant!

Jan 2015 - Michelle Hung invited to speak at the IBiS mini-symposium!

Dec 2014 -  The Leonard Lab features prominently, including the cover art (by Justin Muir), in the current ACS Synthetic Biology issue!

ACS Synthetic Biology Special Issue: Viewpoint by Josh Leonard, Podcast interview with Josh Leonard, Daringer et al!

























Dec 2014 - Congratulations to Rachel Dudek and Yishan Chuang for publishing in Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology!

Dec 2014 - Welcome Taylor Dolberg to the lab!

Nov 2014 - Dr. Leonard and Dr. Bagheri receive a Cornew Innovation Award from CLP

Oct 2014 - Congratulations to Kelly Schwarz for passing her qualifying exam!

Oct 2014 - @Addgene Tweets about the Modular Extracellular Sensor Architecture plasmids now available from the Leonard Lab #SynBio

Sept 2014 - Congratulations to Kelly Schwarz for being awarded the ChBE Departmental Teaching Assistant award!

Sept 2014 - Congratulations to Andrew Younger for being awarded the Neil Welker IBiS Teaching Assistant Excellence Award

Sept 2014 - Congratulations to Andrew Younger for being awarded a EPA STAR fellowship!

Aug 2014 - Daringer et al. paper highlighted in the Society for Biological Engineering Connections E-Newsletter Read More

Aug 2014 - Congratulations to Michelle Hung on her first first author research article! Read More

Aug 2014 - Congratulations to Joseph Muldoon on being appointed to the Biotechnology cluster!

Aug 2014 - Welcome Patrick Donahue to the Lab!

Jun 2014 - Welcome Joseph Muldoon to the Lab!

Jun 2014 - Congratulations to Yishan Chuang for successfully defending her thesis!

Jun 2014 - Research featured on Northwestern’s Office for Research Discovery website Read More

Jun 2014 - Congratulations to Andrew Younger for passing his qualifying exam!

Jun 2014 - Congratulations to Nichole Daringer for successfully defending her thesis!

May 2014 - Congratulations to Andrew Younger for being selected for the Best Mentor Award from Niles West High School

Apr 2014 - Congratulations to Michelle Hung for being awarded the Excellence in Research Award from the American Society of Cell and Gene Therapy

Mar 2014 - NU Synthetic Biology highlighted on university home page  Read More

Mar 2014 - Niles West High School students, mentored by Andrew Younger, get invited to the Illinois State Science fair and the Intel International Science and Engineering fair in Los Angeles. Good Luck!

Mar 2014 - Congratulations to Danny Wells for being selected for a Marine Biology Lab summer course

Feb 2014 - Dr. Leonard and NU co-host UK-US workshop on Synthetic Biology Read More

Aug 2013 - Congratulations to Kelly Schwarz for being selected to the Biotechnology Training Program

Jun 2013 - Dr. Leonard receives Clarence Ver Steeg Faculty Award for graduate student mentorship

Jun 2013 - Welcome Andrew Younger to the lab!

Mar 2013 - Congratulations to Alia who was selected as an NSF Reach for the Stars Fellow

Mar 2013 - Dr. Leonard receives 3M Nontenured Faculty Award   
 

Jan 2013 - Leonard Lab affiliates with NU Prostate Cancer SPORE



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