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Anja Ehrhardt

Anja Ehrhardt studied biology at the Universities Göttingen and Hamburg in Germany and performed her PhD thesis at the Fraunhofer Insitute of Toxicology and Aerosol Research in Germany. From 1999-2005 she was a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University focusing on adenovirus and gene therapy. In 2005 she bacame a group leader at the LMU Munich, Germany, and since 2011 she is a full professor and chair of Medical Microbiology at the Private University Witten/Herdecke in Germany.

Drew Endy

Faculty of Bioengineering, Stanford University. Helped start BioBricks ( and iGEM (, and is a member of the US National Advisory Board for Biosecurity (

Cristina Fillat

Since 2011 she leads a research group in Gene Therapy and Cancer at IDIBAPS, Barcelona. Over the years she has contributed to the gene therapy field with more than 80 publications. She was among the team members that promote the constitution of the Spanish Society of Gene and Cell Therapy and served as Scientific Secretary from 2005 to 2011. She is editorial board member of several journals and Associate Editor of the Current Gene Therapy.

Shawn M Gomez

Associate Professor, Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering at UNC-CH and NCSU; Joint Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology, UNC-CH. Previous Florence Gould Scholar and Pasteur Foundation Fellow. Current research interests in systems and synthetic biology, bioimage informatics, and network science applied to biology. Broader interests in translational medicine and the fostering of innovative solutions to problems in healthcare.

Karmella A Haynes

Karmella Haynes is an assistant professor at Arizona State University’s School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering and judge emeritus for the International Genetically Engineered Machines Competition. Her work with Davidson College students on bacterial computers was featured on NPR's Science Friday and was recognized as "Publication of the Year" in 2008 by the Journal of Biological Engineering. Her research aims to regulate therapeutic genes by engineering human chromosomes.

Noriko F Hiroi

Noriko Hiroi is Assistant Professor of the Department of Biosciences and Informatics, Keio University. She started to develop her career in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, and currently works in Systems Biology and Quantitative Biology area. Her research interest includes in vivo oriented modelling, molecular mechanisms of higher-functions of central nerve systems, microfluidics technology and optical technologies and informatics for bioimaging.

John R. Hutchinson

Professor of Evolutionary Biomechanics at The Royal Veterinary College, University of London. Assoc Editor of Proc Roy Soc B, J Theor Biol. Royal Society Leverhulme Trust Senior Fellow 2012-2013. Fellow of the Linnean Society of London, Anatomical Society, Zoological Society of London and Royal Society of Biology. RCVS Share Jones Lecture in Anatomy (2011) and British Science Festival, Charles Darwin Award Lecture (2012). Honorary Professor, University of Queensland, Australia; Honorary Research Associate, University College London. Fellow of the Year, Anatomical Society (2015).

Marina George Kalyuzhnaya


2000 – PhD. (Microbiology). Center for Microbiology and Biotechnology//Institute of Biochemistry and Physiology of Microorganisms, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia
1994 – BS/ MS (Biology, Microbiology). Dnepropetrovsk State University, Department of Microbiology, Ukraine
1994 – Pre-doctoral training in “Molecular Biology, Gene Engineering and Biotechnology” M. V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia.

Positions Held:
2015 - Assistant Professor, San Diego State University
2015 - Affiliate Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology, University of Washington
2013 - 2015 Visiting Scholar, SIO, University of California San Diego
2012 - 2015 Research Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology, University of Washington
2006 - 2012 Research Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology, University of Washington
2001 - 2006 Research Associate, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Washington
1997 - 2002 Junior Research Scientist, G.K. Skryabin Institute of Biochemistry & Physiology of Microorganisms, Russian Academy of 1995 - 1997 Sciences Engineer-investigator, G.K. Skryabin Institute of Biochemistry & Physiology of Microorganisms, Russian Academy of Sciences

Yarden Katz

I'm a Departmental Fellow in Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School and the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. My scientific interests are at the interface between artificial intelligence and biology.

Lydia E Kavraki

Lydia Kavraki received her B.A. in Computer Science from the University of Crete in Greece and her Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University. Her research contributions are in physical algorithms and their applications in robotics as well as in computational structural biology and biomedciine. Kavraki is the recipient of the ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award; a Fellow of ACM, IEEE, AAAS, AAAI, and AIMBE; and a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies.

Julia Kzhyshkowska

1997: PhD Cancer Research Centre of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, Moscow.
1997-2001: Postdoc at the University of Regensburg
2001-2007: Junior group leader/PI and lecturer, University of Heidelberg.
2007- 2010:Senior group leader/PI and senior lecturer, University of Heidelberg
2010-2013: Professor, head of the Lab for Cellular and Molecular Biology of Innate Immunity;
2013-permanent: Professor, head of Department for Innate Immunity and Tolerance, University of Heidelberg.