Dr. Christina Agapakis is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Hirsch Lab, Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, at UCLA. She holds a PhD in synthetic biology from the Harvard Medical School. She has a BS in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from Yale where she studied chemical biology, pharmacology, and signal transduction and got bad grades in art classes. Her graduate work focuses on developing new platforms and systems for synthetic biology–electron transfer systems for biofuel production, engineered bacteria as synthetic symbiotic “organelles,” and engineered silkworms for programmable biomaterials. Christina writes about synthetic biology at Oscillator, a part of the Scientific American blog networks, and makes YouTube videos with the Unicorns of the Hydrocalypse. Read more about her in The Atlantic article “The Meaning of (Making) Life.” agapakis.com
Dr. Agapakis co-taught the MDP/Lab Inquiry Against Nature in Spring 2013.