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Drew Endy - 10 Years Into Synthetic Biology

10 Years Into Synthetic Biology -- Latest Results and Various Perspectives

Drew Endy will join us for an evening at BioCurious to talk about his team's research in synthetic biology.

Abstract: We have recently shown that the core engineering ideas underlying synthetic biology, standards and abstraction, are not impossible to make true, and that when these ideas work DNA designs can work the first time.  Much more work (most of the work) remains to be done.  I will present our latest results, future research directions, and offer some opinions.  

Biography: Drew Endy is a leader in the field of synthetic biology. Endy teaches bioengineering at Stanford University. He helped start iGEM, BioBricks, Gen9, BIOFAB, plus a few other things. An engineer by training and practice, Endy would like to make living matter fully programmable in service of reinventing how human civilization partners with nature to make things work. 

He earned degrees in civil, environmental, and biochemical engineering at Lehigh and Dartmouth. He studied genetics and microbiology as a postdoc at UT Austin and UW Madison. 

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  • Urvish P.

    Are the slides available?

    August 22, 2013

  • Tito J.

    Hi everyone,

    I mentioned Nerd Night at the end of last night's talk and wanted to send you all some details!

    When: Tues, Aug 27, 2013, 7:30 PM doors open, show begins at 8 PM

    Where: “The Lounge” at Palantir, 151 University Ave, Palo Alto


    Who: All those of legal drinking age

    What: Amazing nerdy goodness. (OK, so you want specifics? We’ll host 3 awesome 20 minute presentations with breaks in between to drink). All done by 10pm

    Who’s on Deck?


    “DEMOCRATIZING CREATION” by Omri Amirav-Drory



    August 22, 2013

    • Raymond M.

      Would be great to invite people working at BioCurious to present projects - we've got a wealth of experience and smart folks in and out of the lab.

      August 22, 2013

  • Ben B.

    Comment 2: This one is regards Drew's thesis at the end of the lecture that grad student / young scientist time is massively wasted moving fluid around, when it could be done more efficiently by machines. From my background in tool-making startup companies : the market for making hardware tools is small, and generally perceived by VC's as not worth the investment. I've actually heard money-level people say 'There's no market for that -- our competition is graduate students who will pipette/mix/sample prep for free.' Maybe chicken and egg, but the perception is there.

    August 22, 2013

  • Ben B.

    Big "Thank You!" to Drew and BioCurious for the event. Fantastic and fascinating. I wanted to make two comments (and echo the request for slides -- I guess I could email Drew, but I think it would be impolite for everyone from last nights to spam him with RF<slides>).

    Comment 1: To whoever commented about ways to make fluorescent RNA complexes that track the polymerase activity, let's talk about fleshing out this idea! (my "why I can help" is that I've spent a long time engineering fluorimeters for PCR and doing associated test development).

    August 22, 2013

  • Tito J.

    Read the books Drew recommended last night!
    I wrote up the full list here:

    3 pages of awesome books, scientific articles, videos -- everything covered in Drew's talk!

    2 · August 22, 2013

    • Urvish P.

      Thanks, much appreciated !

      August 22, 2013

  • Dmitri

    Great talk! Amazing how far Synthetic Biology has advanced in the recent years.

    August 22, 2013

  • Vaishnavi S.

    Hi all, how long will this talk be?

    August 21, 2013

    • Raymond M.

      It's scheduled for 90 min. I anticipate Drew. Talking for 30-60 min, then doing Q&A until he needs to be rescued.

      August 21, 2013

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