Dr. Miklos will present on the development of a novel chemical sensing technique and how it got from an academic project to a prototype device that's being tested in the field. Instead of presenting this work as a linear, clean story where it looks like the researchers anticipated every twist and turn and wound up exactly where they intended to be, he will go out of his way to highlight the mistakes and decisions his team wishes they could change.
Because sometimes you have to remember that successes are frequently built through repeated failed attempts and that you need to be willing to change your mind and learn as you go. Dr. Miklos started out with a degree in Biochemistry from a liberal arts college (Kenyon College) where he spent as much time working on sculpture projects as he did in the lab. He went on to get his Ph.D. from Duke University where he learned, in addition to computational protein design, that sometimes one must repair (or outright construct) an instrument to get an experiment done. This was all excellent training for constructing a DNA synthesis lab in a trailer during his postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Texas at Austin and then working on multiple and almost entirely unrelated projects for the US Army at the Edgewood Chemical Biological Center.