Contact CIDAR

Interested in joining the CIDAR team? Here’s how to get in touch with us:

Undergraduate students at Boston University should review our outreach page for more information on how to get involved with projects in our lab. We also encourage undergraduate students to consider applying to the Google Summer of Code (GSoC) program.

Graduate students already studying at Boston University who are interested in doing rotations with CIDAR should review our research and contact Doug Densmore. Please provide information on your academic background, research experience, and the nature of your interest in CIDAR. Students from other universities in the Boston area (Harvard, MIT, etc.) who are looking to collaborate should email Doug and include a current CV.

If you are not currently a graduate student at Boston University, please consult the Boston University website for more information on the application process. CIDAR generally recruits students from the Electrical and Computer Engineering, Bioinformatics, Molecular and Cellular Biology, and Biomedical Engineering programs at BU.

CIDAR is currently looking for computational and wetlab postdocs to join our team. Please contact Doug Densmore and include a CV, a list of publications, and the names of three references.

Please look at the publications in the Learn More page.

Computational Lab

CIDAR has an open, flexible workspace in 4th floor of the Center for Integrated Life Sciences & Engineering with room for approximately 15 students. This space is intended to accommodate and promote collaboration between undergraduate student interns, graduate students, and post-doc researchers.


The lab space allows graduate, undergraduate, and post-doc researchers to carry out independent research projects, primarily focused on synthetic biology and biological engineering. Our wetlab group works in collaboration with the  other labs of the Boston University Biological Design Center, who have shared access to flow cytometry equipment, laboratory robotics, and other technologies.

Computational Lab



The DAMP Lab is the home of the upcoming Biofoundry Integrated Instrumentation System (BIIS) and is the microfluidic prototyping space for CIDAR Lab.

More information coming soon !


Cross-disciplinary Integration of Design Automation Research (CIDAR)
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Attn: Douglas Densmore
Center for Integrated Life Sciences & Engineering
610 Commonwealth Ave.,
Fourth Floor,
Boston, MA 02215
Phone: (617) 358-6338

For parking information, please visit the ECE website.