KEYNOTE: Lynn Rothschild (US), Synthetic Biologist & Astrobiologist, Brown University

Friday, Sep 7
20:20 — 20:40

KEYNOTE: Lynn Rothschild (US), Synthetic Biologist & Astrobiologist, Brown University

Create, Energy,

Dr. Lynn Rothschild is passionate about the origin and evolution of life on Earth or elsewhere, while at the same time pioneering the use of synthetic biology to enable space exploration.  Just as travel abroad permits new insights into home, so too the search for life elsewhere allows a more mature scientific, philosophical and ethical perception of life on Earth.

She wears several hats as a senior scientist NASA’s Ames Research Center and Bio and Bio-Inspired Technologies, Research and Technology Lead for NASA Headquarters Space Technology Mission Directorate, as well as Adjunct Professor at Brown University.  Her research has focused on how life, particularly microbes, has evolved in the context of the physical environment, both here and potentially elsewhere.

Rothschild has brought her creativity to the burgeoning field of synthetic biology, articulating a vision for the future of synthetic biology as an enabling technology for NASA’s missions, including human space exploration and astrobiology. Since 2011 she has been the faculty advisor of the award-winning Stanford-Brown iGEM team, which has pioneered the use of synthetic biology to accomplish NASA’s missions, particularly focusing on the human settlement of Mars, astrobiology and such innovative technologies as BioWires and making a biodegradable UAS (drone) and a bioballoon.

At Techfestival Lynn will talk about why designing with biology, on and off our planet make sense and how we can think about biology as technology.

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