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Bacteria beware: MIT student invents knock-out punch for antibiotic resistance
Date:2/27/2008

treatment for Listeria contamination of processed meats using natural bacteriophage.

Lu added that enzymatically-active bacteriophage could also benefit industry by being used to treat infected pipes and reduce corrosion.

Inherited Inventiveness

Born in Stanford, California, and raised in Yorktown Heights, New York, and Taiwan, Lu credits his inventiveness to his father, Nicky, an engineer and entrepreneur who helped develop modern semiconductor memories with IBM and the integrated circuits industry in Taiwan. Lu recalls spending time at his fathers office during his formative years, where he reviewed plans and designs for new integrated circuits.

I inherited my interest in invention and entrepreneurship from my father, Lu said. It was very inspiring to see the amount of effort my father and his team put into their work and their joy and elation when they achieved success.

Tim is one of the young stars in the emerging field of synthetic biology said his advisor Collins. I am confident he will develop into a leading clinical investigator and innovator.

Tim demonstrates the type of ambitious and inventive thinking the $30,000 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize was established to recognize, said Josh Schuler, executive director of the Lemelson-MIT Program, which provides the annual award. What is truly impressive about Tims approaches is the breadth of his applications. Not only does his work have potential in healthcare, but also in protecting the general public through safer food processing and prevention of industrial biofouling. Harmful bacteria everywhere should be afraid.


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