PI: Ron Weiss

PhD Candidate

Master of Science, MIT

Bachelor of Science, Georgia Institute of Technology

Sebastian Palacios is a Ph.D. candidate in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT. His research focuses on precision genome engineering and machine learning for engineering sophisticated biological behavior in human cells with an emphasis in medical applications. He received the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, the Harvard-MIT Martha Gray Prize for Excellence in Research for his graduate research at MIT, and the MIT Golden Beaver Award for his excellence in leadership at MIT. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees from Georgia Tech, where he also received the award for most outstanding undergraduate researcher in the School of Engineering. Besides his active leadership in science and engineering, Sebastian is a passionate leader and mentor for diversity in STEM.


  • Edilberto Amorim*, Shirley S. Mo*, Sebastian Palacios*, Mohammad M. Ghassemi, Wei-Hung Weng, Sydney S. Cash, M. Brandon Westover, “Cost-effectiveness analysis of multimodal prognostication in cardiac arrest with EEG monitoring”, Journal of Neurology, August 2020.
  • Breanna DiAndreth, Noreen Wauford, Eileen Hu, Sebastian Palacios, Ron Weiss, “PERSIST: A programmable RNA regulation platform using CRISPR endoRNases”, BioRxiv, December 2019
  • Ming-Ru Wu*, Lior Nissim*, Doron Stupp*, Erez Pery, Adina Binder-Nissim, Karen Weisinger, Casper Enghuus, Sebastian Palacios, Melissa Humphrey, Zhizhuo Zhang, Eva Maria Novoa, Manolis Kellis, Ron Weiss, Samuel D Rabkin, Yuval Tabach, Timothy K Lu, “A high-throughput screening and computation platform for identifying synthetic promoters with enhanced cell-state specificity (SPECS)”, Nature Communications, June 2019.
  • Sebastian Palacios*, Nikhil Ramesh, Symeon Nikolaou, Amin Rida, and Manos M. Tentzeris, “Towards an Implantable Wireless Module with a Bandwidth-enhanced Antenna Manufactured using Inkjet-printing Technology”, Proceedings of the 2013 IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation and USNC-URSI National Radio Science Conference, Lake Buena Vista, FL, July 2013.
  • Sebastian Palacios*, Amin Rida, Sangkil Kim, Symeon Nikolaou, Samuel Elia and Manos M. Tentzeris, “Towards a Smart Wireless Integrated Module (SWIM) on organic substrates using inkjet printing technology for wireless sensor networks”, Proceedings of the 2012 IEEE International Workshop on Antenna Technology, pp. 20, Tucson, AZ, March 2012.
  • Sebastian Palacios*, Sangkil Kim, Samuel Elia, Amin Rida, Symeon Nikolaou, and Manos M. Tentzeris, “Inkjet-Printed planar antenna for a wireless sensor on paper operating at Wi-Fi frequency”, To appear in proceedings of 2012 IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation and USNC-URSI National Radio Science Conference, Chicago, IL, July 2012.
  • Brian Mayton*, Gershon Dublon, Sebastian Palacios, Joseph Paradiso, “TRUSS: Tracking Risk Ubiquitously Using Smart Sensing,” to appear in the proceedings of the 2012 IEEE Sensors Conference, Taipei, Taiwan, October, 2012.
  • Benjamin Cook*, Taoran Le, Sebastian Palacios, Anya Traille, Manos Tentzeris. “Inkjet-Printed Zero Power Sensors for Large-Scale RFID-Integrated Smart Skins,” to appear in the proceedings of the 2013 IEEE International Microwave Symposium, Seattle, WA, June, 2013.


  • Harvard-MIT Martha Gray Prize for Excellence in Research
  • NIH National Research Service Award
  • MIT Golden Beaver Award
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
  • MIT Shillman Fellowship