• Chenghao Zou

  • Gaël Chambonnier

    Gaël Chambonnier is a Postdoctoral Associate in Jacquin Niles Lab in the Department of Biological Engineering at MIT where he studies the human malaria parasites Plasmodium falciparum. He earned his Ph.D. at Aix-Marseille University in France where he studied the regulation of a key virulence process of the human pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa under Pr. Christophe Bordi. Overall, he’s particularly interested in regulatory systems and in developing new tools to study them.

  • Raymond Futia

  • Abbey Robinson

    Abbey graduated from the University of Missouri in 2018 with her B.S. in Biological Sciences. During her undergraduate years, she worked as a researcher in Dr. Troy Zars’ lab studying thermogenetic tools in Drosophila. In 2019, Abbey joined the Adamala lab as a graduate student at the University of Minnesota studying communication, coacervation, and organellogenesis in synthetic cells. Her interests include tool development, astrobiology, and biotechnology.

  • Bennett Wolf

    Bennett Wolf is a graduate student in the Church lab at Harvard University. His research focuses on the use and generation of engineered iPS cells to create novel regenerative medicine and long-lasting biologic therapies. He also works as a Venture Creation Lead for Nucleate Bio Boston.

  • Jennifer Brophy

    Jenn Brophy is an Assistant Professor of Bioengineering at Stanford University. Her lab focuses on engineering plant development to control the size and shape of plant organs and tissues. Jenn received her BS in bioengineering from UC Berkeley and PhD from MIT, where she worked with Professors Christopher Voigt and Alan Grossman to develop a tool for engineering undomesticated bacteria and modifying microbiomes in situ. For her postdoctoral research, she worked with Professor Jose Dinneny at Stanford to engineer spatial patterns of gene expression across plant roots using synthetic genetic circuits. Jenn was previously Co-Chair of the Synberc Student and Postdoc Association, the precursor to the EBRC and was recently awarded a Chan Zuckerburg Biohub Investigatorship.

  • Kaitlin Dailey

    I am a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at the University of Nebraska Medical Center Eppley Institute for Cancer Research, with joint appointments in the labs of Dr. Michael (Tony) Hollingsworth and Dr. Ken Bayles. I have chosen post-doctorate studies at UNMC to further my training in pancreatic cancer models and bacterial genetics. I earned a PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology from North Dakota State University. During these studies, I became fascinated with the many advantages oncolytic bacterial have over traditional therapeutics. As a result, I pursued specific training in genetic engineering and anaerobic bacteria.

  • Widianti Sugianto

    My name is Widianti, an aspiring synthetic biologist and a chemical engineering graduate student at University of Washington. My research focuses on harnessing synthetic biology as a tool for biocatalysis and bioproduction application. Outside lab, I love spending time cooking and travelling for food.

  • Andrew Holston

    I am a graduate student at the Knight Campus at the University of Oregon. My research interests include protein engineering, multiplex functional assays, deep mutational scanning, and synthetic biology. I love living in the Pacific Northwest, and taking advantage of the beautiful hikes and outdoor activities in the area.


    Having earned my B.Tech in Food Technology from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, I got the opportunity to join the School of Biochemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (Banaras Hindu University) Varanasi, as M.Tech graduate and later got Ph.D under the supervision of Prof. Mira Debnath Das. I earned Ph.D (Biochemical Engineering) on an exceptionally well researched project on “Bioprocess strategy development on production and characterization of antifungal protein from Aspergillus giganteus”.

  • Anna Osterlind Jones

    Anna Osterlind Jones is Head of Government Affairs at Zymergen, where she leads the company’s engagement with the Administration and Congress. She rejoined the company in 2021, having previously worked at Zymergen from 2015 to 2018 as the then-startup grew from 40 to nearly 500 employees. Prior to her current position, Anna was with the United States Department of Agriculture, most recently as Chief of Staff to the Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs. At USDA, she also served as Chief of Staff to the Administrator of the Agricultural Marketing Service, where she helped launch the domestic hemp industry among other initiatives, and in USDA’s Office of Congressional Relations.

    Anna started her career on Capitol Hill working for a Senator from her home state of Missouri. She holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Missouri.

  • Umakant Mishra

  • Sharon Steele

    Sharon joined Zymergen in March 2021. She currently works remotely from Virginia. Sharon has worked as a Government Engagement/Contracting senior legal advisor for over 15 years, with various large government contractors. During the last several years Sharon has maintained a legal practice servicing large and small government contractors. Sharon enjoys yoga, bike riding and spending time with her family which includes two kitties.

  • Tayyaba Zainab

    I have completed my PhD in Molecular Genetics from King’s College London, UK, I came back to Pakistan to join University Institute of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, PMAS-Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi, Pakistan. I established my research group in 2016 and became the first person in our Institution to work on CRISPR based genome editing. Currently leading my team in establishing the National Center of Industrial Biotechnology at our Institution to further strengthen my work in Metabolic Engineering/Synthetic Biology.

  • Hari Sundar Pyda

    I am an Integrated Masters students studying chemical engineering, minoring in Pharmaceutical Technology, at Institute of Chemical Technology- IndianOil Odisha campus, Bhubaneswar. The limitless potential of modifying and enhancing bacteria netwroks and strains to remediate pollution and manufacture drugs and sustainable chemicals is the utopia I am dreaming about. I am passionate in Synthetic Biology, Bioprocessing and Metabolic engineering. I have trained in MS, protein analysis and Proteomics under Prof. Sanjeeva Srivastava, IIT Bombay and am currently working under him to develop a Covid protein database.

  • Xiaojun Tian

    Dr. Xiaojun Tian is an Assistant Professor in the School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering at Arizona State University.

  • Catherine Majors

  • Theodore Anton

    I am a popular science and nonfiction author. My most recent book was Planet of Microbes (University of Chicago Press, 2017). I’m writing a book called Programmable Planet: The Synthetic Biology Revolution to be published by Columbia University Press in fall, 2022.

  • Joshua Atkinson

    I use protein engineering and synthetic biology approaches to study and control bioenergetic processes in bacteria. Specifically, I focus on engineering electron transport and energy conservation in bacterial metabolism to construct bioelectronic sensors and control metabolic processes. I did my Ph.D. in Systems, Synthetic, and Physical Biology at Rice University in the lab of Jonathan Silberg building protein switches from electron transfer proteins. Currently I am a NSF Postdoctoral Fellow in the El-Naggar lab at the University of Southern California focusing on electrically coupling the metabolism of multicellular communities.

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