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Columbia Engineering

May Riverside Chat: The Promise and Future of Synthetic Biology


Hear about the promise and future of synthetic biology from two of New York City’s leaders.

Co-hosted by Columbia Engineering and Columbia Technology Ventures

Nancy J Kelley was the founding executive director of the New York Genome Center, helping to raise $110 million and brought together 11 of the city’s universities and institutions.  She is working now on building the “trust infrastructure” for synthetic biology.  Read about her work in the New York Times here.

Harris Wang is a faculty member at Columbia University, working on synthetic and systems biology approaches to design and build new microbes with novel capabilities, leveraging both engineering and evolutionary biology.  Last year, he was recognized by President Obama with the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the United States’ highest award for young scientists and engineers, for his work on the human microbiome with applications in microbiome sensing and reporting.

Join us at Columbia University for the wrap-up Riverside Chat event of the Spring 2017 season!