Dr. Agi Stachowiak teaches the introductory project lab 20.109, which emphasizes experimental design, analysis, and communication. Her path to biological engineering was a circuitous one, with a stop in Chemical Engineering (S.B., MIT) and then Materials Science and Engineering (Ph.D., MIT). Her doctoral research involved the development of polymer scaffolds for studying immune cell migration, which inspired her interest in applying engineering to biology. Dr. Stachowiak has designed and implemented six new modules for 20.109, from RNA aptamer selection to protein sensor mutagenesis to cartilage tissue engineering. She also leads the yearly teaching assistant training, is an advisor to the Communication Lab, and has contributed to subjects 20.110/111 and 20.309.