Dr. Sarah Richardson Keynote — The Planet is a Cookbook: Genetic Engineering Recipes for the Future

Tuesday, October 11
9:00AM - 10:00AM
Austin Convention Center Ballroom A
500 E. Cesar Chavez

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Eliza Barclay
Moderator
Vox - Science & Health Editor

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Jessica Dymond
Speaker
The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory - PhD

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Sarah Richardson
Speaker
Ignition Genomics - Chief Scientific Officer

Summary

Dr. Sarah Richardson specializes in the design of genomes. As Chief Scientific Officer of Ignition Genomics she leads the construction of genetic toolkits for non-model organisms. All of which is to say, she uses DNA to train bacteria to do tricks. As a Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow of Genomics at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory she worked on massive scale synthetic biology projects and the integration of computational genomics with experimental genomics.


Trained in both computational and molecular biology, she has a unique perspective on the emerging discipline of synthetic biology. Though it is often touted as a marriage of biology and engineering, Dr. Richardson will argue that the fundamental nature of biology requires that we apply a very different sort of engineering. Luckily, biology is the study of diversity, and thus there is room for many different conflicting viewpoints. As a Keynote speaker at SXSW Eco, she will explore the realities, challenges, and promises of synthetic biology, biological engineering, genetically modified organisms, and gene editing for the future of food, fuels, and healthcare.

Event Type:
Sessions
Format:
Keynote
Track:
Conservation + Adaptation
Tags:
conservation + adaptation futurism aia continuing education

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