Hampton University
HU welcomes synthetic biology pioneer Andrew Hessel
07/12/2013 - #3

Hampton University will welcome Andrew Hessel, noted researcher, to give talks on Synthetic Biology on Monday, July 15, at 2 p.m. in the Turner Hall Auditorium and Tuesday, July 16, at 2 p.m. the Turner Hall, Room 139.  Both events are free and open to the public.
Synthetic Biology is the design and construction of new biological parts, devices, and systems, and the redesign of existing, natural biological systems for useful purposes.
Hessel is a futurist and catalyst in biological technologies, helping industry, academics, and authorities better understand the changes ahead in life science.  He is a Distinguished Researcher with Autodesk Inc.’s Bio/Nano Programmable Matter group, based out of San Francisco.  He is also the co-founder of the Pink Army Cooperative, the world’s first cooperative biotechnology company, which is aiming to make open source viral therapies for cancer.
Hessel speaks widely on topics that include cells as living computers, life science as an emerging information technology industry, and biological safety and security. Trained in microbiology and genetics, Hessel has continually worked at the forefront of genomics, first to read and comprehend bacterial, human, and other genomes and more recently to write them. He believes the technology that makes this possible, called synthetic biology, is revolutionary and that it will eventually surpass information technology as an economic engine and driver of societal change.

For more information on the lectures contact Edison Fowlks at edison.fowlks@hamptonu.edu or call 757-727-5836.


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