Charles Fracchia

Charles Fracchia – Founder

BioBright

Charles Fracchia is an IBM PhD Fellow at the MIT Media Lab in Joe Jacobson’s Molecular Machines group, and in the Church lab at the Wyss Institute at Harvard Medical School. Charles obtained his bachelor’s degree at Imperial College London, where he worked on a potassium ion channel-based synthetic biology reporter system. He continued his thesis work at IBM Research, where he has been encouraging research in bioelectronic interfaces ever since. Charles worked as an early intern at Ginkgo Bioworks, where he developed many of the assembly pipelines still used today.

Charles is a founder of BioBright, a company building open source hardware and software tools that he hopes will transform the way biomedical research is carried out, and enable curious people to ask interesting questions easily. He represents Boston for the Hello Tomorrow challenge (European 100k), and is a founding member of the first DIYBio lab. Charles has spoken about his work at many different venues including the White House, MIT Sloan, NASA Ames, IBM Research, and Airbus.

True to MIT hacking culture, Charles loves prototyping electronics and programming, and regularly explores fun projects ranging from making reverse geocache boxes to networked sensors of all kinds.