Christina Agapakis is a biologist, designer, and writer with an ecological, environmental, and evolutionary approach to synthetic biology and biological engineering. Her PhD thesis projects at the Harvard Medical School include design of metabolic pathways in bacteria for hydrogen fuel production, personalized genetic engineering of plants, engineered photosynthetic symbiosis, and cheese smell-omics. She has worked with and advised several interdisciplinary teams of researchers, from undergraduate iGEM teams, to small start-up companies, to university labs and research institutes and has sought out and established multiple collaborations between artists and scientists. She is committed to presenting and communicating science in fun and accessible ways, in writing and video.
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Patrick Boyle is a synthetic biologist specializing in the network-scale engineering of cellular metabolism. His work at Harvard Medical School has included in silico modeling of yeast metabolism, engineering organelles, improving biohydrogen production, circadian metabolomic analysis, and plant-flavor engineering. Patrick's interest in alternative energy and the environment has led him to the Harvard University Center for the Environment, where he has studied the scientific, engineering, and political challenges to combating climate change. Patrick enjoys teaching and discussing biology with a wide audience, including scientists, policy makers, and the general public. His hobbies include science, digital video, robotics, and science. Relevant keywords include microfluidics, flux balance analysis, -omics, directed evolution, and modular orthogonal robustness.
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