Dr. Palacios received his Ph.D. from MIT's Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, where his doctoral research focused on developing artificial neural network-based machine learning systems for engineering next-generation gene therapies. During his graduate studies, he received the Harvard-MIT Martha Gray Prize for Excellence in Research, MIT's Shillman Fellowship, MIT's University Center for Exemplary Mentoring Sloan Fellowship, the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship, and was awarded for excellence in leadership at the MIT Awards Convocation. He received M.S. and B.S. degrees from MIT and Georgia Tech in electrical engineering, computer engineering, and computer science. Besides his active leadership in science and engineering, Sebastian is a passionate educator and advocate for diversity in STEM.
My research interests focus on two broad categories:
1. The development of artificial intelligence systems for designing next-generation therapeutics. In particular, I focus on the use of synthetic biology and artificial intelligence synergistically to develop solutions to complex medical challenges.
2. The development of systems and tools for reliably engineering human cells, where I combine genome engineering, synthetic biology, machine learning, computer engineering and mathematical modeling for design and engineering.