David Truong ,

  • Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering



Professor Truong works in the area of synthetic and systems biology, where he and his lab focus on building engineered cell therapies by using the techniques of "synthetic genomics". They perform large scale human genome engineering in pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), which can become any desired cell-type in the body. The lab turns these engineered cells into "off-the-shelf" somatic cells with therapeutic potential, focusing initially on immune cells and neurons. The potential applications of these engineered cells include cancer cell immunotherapy, cell replacement therapy, tissue regeneration, and reducing autoimmune dysfunction.

Research Interests
Synthetic Biology, Genome Engineering, Cell Therapies, Immunotherapy, Regenerative Medicine, Exosomes, Cancer, Neurodegeneration, Stem Cells, Epigenetics
  • B.S. - University of California San Diego
  • Ph.D. - The University of Texas at Austin
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship - NYU Langone Health

  • NIH (NIAID) Director's New Innovator Award (DP2)
  • NIAID Small Business Innovative Research Award (SBIR)
  • Delil Nasser Award for Professional Development, Genetics Society of America
  • NIH (NIGMS) Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (honorable mention)


Associated Faculty - NYU Grossman School of Medicine - Department of Pathology

Member, Translational Immunology Center

Member, Perlmutter Cancer Center

Founding Team - Neochromosome Inc, a synthetic genomics company

US11053289B2 - 2021 - Budding yeast with human chromatin

BIGY-7683 (Fall) Biology and Biotechnology for Bioinformatics - Graduate level introduction to the theoretical and applied foundational technologies and techniques used in modern genomics and bioinformatics, e.g., high-throughput sequencing, RNA-seq, GWAS, tumor profiling, etc.

BEGY-9453 (Spring) Engineering Tissue Regeneration - Graduate level overview of current findings, approaches, and theory underlying regenerative medicine and regenerative tissue engineering. The course takes a comprehensive view of the body from molecules, DNA, epigenomics, cell-to-cell communication, tissue physiology, genome engineering, immunology, and systems/synthetic biology.

Research News

September 16, 2021