My name is Logan Thrasher Collins and I make science fiction into reality.
I’m a futurist, synthetic biologist, and innovator. When I was 16, I invented a new antimicrobial protein, OpaL (Overexpressed protein aggregator Lipophilic). Since then, I have developed a bacterial conjugation delivery system for the gene encoding OpaL. A preprint of my manuscript, “Design of a de novo aggregating antimicrobial peptide and bacterial conjugation delivery system” is available on bioRxiv. My research has been recognized at numerous venues including TEDxMileHigh, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, the International BioGENEius Challenge at the BIO International Convention, the Stockholm International Youth Science Seminar (during which I attended the Nobel Prize ceremonies), and at the American Society for Microbiology General Meeting.
I intend to bring my synthetic biology skills to the fields of connectomics, brain-machine interfaces (BMIs), and nanotechnology methods for neural engineering. Currently, I am in the early stages of creating a nanoparticle-based method for structural connectomics and I have received a $26,000 award to develop this technology. I have also written detailed proposals for nanobiotechnology approaches to developing injectable biosensors for high-throughput synaptic recording and developing injectable nanostructures for targeted optical stimulation of channelrhodopsin-expressing neurons.
In addition to research, I also write science fiction and sci-fi poetry. For me, writing is both intrinsically rewarding and helps to stimulate my imagination and shape my scientific endeavors. My writing fuels my science and my science fuels my writing.
My sci-fi poem “The Sonata Machine” has been published in Andromeda Spaceways Magazine and my sci-fi poem “Neuraweb” has been published in Abyss & Apex Magazine. In addition, my poetry has been recognized in student-run literary magazines as well as (longer ago) the Scholastic Art and Writing Competition. Currently, I am moving towards publishing several other sci-fi poems as well as flash fiction pieces.
I am an avid autodidact. I have independently studied a wide array of topics such as molecular biology, dynamical systems, applied graph theory and complex networks, electrical engineering, computational neuroscience, molecular genetics, microbiology, signal processing, human physiology, MATLAB, complex analysis, neurophysiology, speculative poetry, quantum chemistry, biochemistry, experimental artwork, protein engineering, architecture, differential geometry, probability and information theory, topology, literary science fiction, medicinal chemistry, and nanotechnology.
My personal philosophy most closely aligns with transhumanism, positive existentialism, rational romanticism, scientism, equality feminism, technological utopianism, atheism, panpsychism, individualism, and kindness.
I intend to obtain a PhD in bioengineering and research neural interfaces and tools for high-resolution connectomics using synthetic biology and bionanotechnology methods. Although I plan to work in an academic setting, I will collaborate with industry to bring my research to the market. I feel that real-world application is the most important metric for my research. While I also see value in contributing to scientific discourse through publications, my primary goal is to positively impact people’s lives with my inventions.
I am actively working towards making that future the best that it can be. Get your head in the clouds, the future is only limited by the imagination!