Prof. Christopher Voigt, PhD, Department Head, Biological Engineering at MIT

Christopher Voigt, PhD is the Department Head of Biological Engineering at MIT. He is an expert in Synthetic Biology and his lab has applied genetic engineering to problems in agriculture, health, computation, medicine, chemicals/materials, national security, and infrastructure. He holds the Daniel I.C. Wang Professorship and is Co-Director of the Synthetic Biology Center. He received his BSE in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan (1998) and PhD in Biophysics from Caltech (2002). He is a founder of Pivot Bio (microbial agricultural products), Asimov (human cell synthetic biology), and Fieldstone (national security and biotechnology). He has served on the science advisory boards of DSM, Bolt Threads, Breakthrough Energy Ventures, SynLogic, Amyris Biotechnologies, Zymergen, Design Therapeutics, Empress Bio, Aanika, General Probiotics, Deepbiome Therapautics, Senti Bio, Axcella, Bolt Threads, Robigo, and Twist Bioscience. He is on the Board of the Novo Nordisk Foundation. He is a partner at DCVC Bio, Bio-innovation, and Petri. He has been honored with a National Security Science & Engineering Faculty Fellowship (NSSEFF), Bush Fellows Research Study Team (BFRST), is the Director of the Army Center for Synthetic Biology and holds a TS/SCI clearance through ODNI. He has been honored as a Sloan Fellow, Pew Fellow, Packard Fellow, NSF Career Award, Vaughan Lecturer, MIT TR35, Schmidt Innovation Fellow, and SynBiobeta Entrepreneurial Leadership Award.

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