Dr. Isaacs is an Assistant Professor of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at Yale University. He received a B.S.E. degree in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania and obtained his PhD from the Biomedical Engineering Department and Bioinformatics Program at Boston University. In his PhD he integrated theory and experiment to study gene regulatory network dynamics and then pioneered the design and development of synthetic RNA components capable of probing and programming cellular function. He then was a research fellow in the Department of Genetics at Harvard Medical School working on genome engineering technologies with George Church. At Harvard, he developed enabling technologies for genome engineering, including MAGE (Multiple Automated Genome Engineering) and CAGE (Conjugative Assembly Genome Engineering). His research is focused on developing foundational genomic and biomolecular engineering technologies with the goal of developing new genetic codes, and engineered cells that serve as factories for chemical, drug and biofuel production. He has recently been named a “rising young star of science” by Genome Technology Magazine, a Beckman Young Investigator by the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation, and recipient of a Young Professor award from DuPont. Dr. Isaacs is also co-founder and CTA of enEvolv, a start-up biotechnology firm aimed at commercializing the MAGE technology he co-invented.
Martha A. Krebs
Pennsylvania State University
Martha Krebs is senior scientist in Pennsylvania State University’s College of Engineering and principal investigator and director of the Consortium for Building Energy Innovation at The Navy Yard in Philadelphia. In her most recent previous position, Krebs worked with University of California, Davis faculty and staff to leverage and expand research programs through federal, state and private partnerships. In that role she also has served as science advisor for the California Energy Commission. Before joining UC Davis, she was the Commission’s deputy executive director for research and development (R&D). From 1993 to 2000, Krebs served as assistant secretary and director of the Office of Science at the Department of Energy, responsible for the basic research program that supports the department’s energy, environmental and national security missions. She also advised the Secretary of Energy on the department’s R&D portfolio and the institutional health of its National Laboratories. From 1983 to 1993, Krebs served as an associate director for Planning and Development at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where she was responsible for strategic planning for research and facilities, technology transfer, and science education and outreach. From 1977 to 1983, she served on the House Committee on Science first as a professional staff member and then as subcommittee staff director, responsible for authorizing the department’s non-nuclear energy technologies and energy science programs. Krebs received her bachelor’s degree and doctorate in physics from the Catholic University of America. She is a fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Association of Women in Science.
North Carolina State University
Jennifer Kuzma is the Goodnight-NCGSK Foundation Distinguished Professor in Social Sciences and co-director of the Genetic Engineering and Society Center at NC State University. Prior to this position she was a faculty member in science and technology policy at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota (2003-2013); study director at the National Academies of Science in Washington DC for genetic engineering and bioterrorism (1999-2003); and a AAAS Risk Policy Fellow at the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (1997-1999). She has over 100 scholarly publications on emerging technologies and governance; and has been studying genetic engineering and its societal aspects for over 25 years. She discovered that bacteria product isoprene, a precursor to natural rubber, during from her Ph.D. work in biochemistry, and her postdoctoral work in plant molecular biology resulted in a publication in the journal Science. She has held several leadership positions, including the Society for Risk Analysis Council & Secretary, Chair of the Gordon Conference on S&T Policy, the FDA Blood Products Advisory Committee, and the UN WHO-FAO Expert Group for Nanotechnologies in Food and Agriculture. In 2014, she received the Society for Risk Analysis Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer Award for recognition of her outstanding contributions to the field of risk analysis. She has been called upon in national media for her expertise on genetic engineering policy issues, including recently in the Washington Post, Scientific American, New York Times, 2015 World’s Fair exhibit, Nature, and National Public Radio.
Mary E. Maxon
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Dr. Mary Maxon is the Biosciences Area Principal Deputy at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory where she is responsible for developing strategies for the use of biosciences to address national-scale challenges in energy and environment. Previously, she was Assistant Director for Biological Research at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in the Executive Office of the President where she developed the National Bioeconomy Blueprint. Before moving to OSTP, Dr. Maxon ran the Marine Microbiology Initiative at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, which supports the application of molecular approaches and comprehensive models to detect and validate environmentally-induced changes in marine microbial ecosystems. Prior to that, Dr. Maxon served as Deputy Vice Chair at the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, where she drafted the intellectual property policies for California stem cell grantees in the non-profit and for-profit research sectors. Previously, she was Associate Director and Anti-infective Program Leader for Cytokinetics, a biotechnology company in South San Francisco and team leader at Microbia, Inc., based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she contributed to the discovery and development of the Precision Engineering technology for production of commercial products using metabolic engineering. Dr. Maxon received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in Molecular Cell Biology, and did postdoctoral research in biochemistry and genetics at the University of California, San Francisco.
Raul F. Medina
Texas A&M University-College Station
Dr. Raul F. Medina’s research interests center around the role that ecological factors play in the population genetics of arthropods. Dr. Medina is particularly interested in the incorporation of evolutionary ecology considerations into pest control practices. His laboratory is currently assessing how species interactions at macroscopic (e.g., host-parasite associations) and microscopic (e.g., arthropod microbiomes) levels may affect genetic variation of agricultural pests and arthropod vectors of human disease. Dr. Medina is currently exploring if the same principles governing insect herbivores’ adaptation to their hosts translate in arthropod parasites of animals. Dr. Medina completed his Bachelor in Biology in Lima, Peru at the Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina. He then obtained a Graduate Certificate in conservation biology from the University of Missouri in Saint Louis. He received his Master and PhD from the University of Maryland working on predation of forest caterpillars and on hymenopteran parasitoid population genetics respectively. Soon after his PhD Dr. Medina started working at Texas A&M where he is currently an Associate Professor.
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Mr. Rejeski directs the Science and Technology Innovation Program (STIP) at the Woodrow Wilson Center, a non-partisan policy research institute in Washington DC. STIP focuses on emerging technologies and the critical choices innovation presents to public policy. Work includes synthetic biology (http://www.synbioproject.org), nanotechnology (http://www.nanotechproject.org), citizen science (http://wilsoncommonslab.org/), additive manufacturing, converging technologies, and the application of computer games to public policy challenges. He is presently a Guest Researcher at the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Austria, a Visiting Scholar at the Environmental Law Institute, and was a Visiting Fellow at Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Between 1994 and 2000, he worked at the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) on a variety of technology, R&D, and policy initiatives, including the development and implementation of the National Environmental Technology Strategy, the Greening of the White House, and the Education for Sustainability Initiative. Before moving to OSTP, he was head of the Future Studies Unit at the Environmental Protection Agency. He spent four years in Hamburg, Germany working for the Environmental Agency, Department of Public Health, and Department of Urban Renewal and, in the late 1970’s, founded and co-directed a non-profit involved in energy conservation and renewable energy technologies. He sits on the advisory boards of a number of organizations, including the UK Open Plant Project, the NSF-funded Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center (SynBERC), DARPA’s ‘Living Foundries’ Program, the Center for Environmental Policy at American University, and the Journal of Industrial Ecology. He has also served on NSF’s Advisory Committee for Environmental Research and Education; EPA’s Science Advisory Board and Board of Scientific Counselors; the Committee on Science, Engineering and Public Policy of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS); the Board on Global Science and Technology of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine; and Games for Change. He has graduate degrees in public administration and environmental design from Harvard University and Yale University and a degree in industrial design from the Rhode Island School of Design.
Jeffrey D. Wolt
Iowa State University
Dr. Wolt is currently professor in the programs of Agronomy, Environmental Science, and Toxicology at Iowa State University. He started his academic career studying biology at Case Western Reserve University and completed his BS in bio-agricultural science at Colorado State University. He received his MS and PhD in agriculture from Auburn University with emphasis in environmental soil chemistry. His expertise includes soil solution chemistry, environmental chemistry, biogeochemistry, ecotoxicology, and risk assessment. Prior to coming to Iowa State, he held academic appointments with the University of Tennessee, the University of Hawaii, and Purdue University. He also worked as an environmental chemist and risk analyst with Dow Chemical. Dr. Wolt’s current research interests include biotechnology safety analysis applied to risk management and science policy decision-making; environmental and ecotoxicological risk assessment; soil and environmental chemistry applied to exposure assessment, efficacy, environmental monitoring, environmental toxicology, and environmental fate of xenobiotics and genetically modified agricultural products; and applied soil solution chemistry. He also works with regulators and scientists throughout the world to formulate and promote harmonized approaches for assessing the safety of genetically-engineered plants. His lab group works on the environmental fate of plant products introduced into agroecosystems.