George Church is a pioneer of genome engineering, systems, and synthetic biology. He has co-founded more than 15 biotech companies, along with co-authored over 490 papers, 130 patent applications, and one book (Regenesis). He is the Robert Winthrop Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School, a Professor of Health Sciences and Technology at Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and a core faculty member of the Wyss Institute. He co-initiated the BRAIN Initiative (2011) & Genome Projects (1984, 2005) to provide & interpret the world's only open-access personal precision medicine datasets. His innovations have contributed to nearly all "next generation" DNA sequencing methods and companies. His lab's work on chip-DNA-synthesis, gene editing and stem cell engineering resulted in founding additional application-based companies spanning fields of medical diagnostics & synthetic biology / therapeutics.
Quotable: “Have you tried multiplexing?”
Notable: Dyslexic, narcoleptic, vegan
Dream job: Mammoth herder on Mars
Photo: Wyss Institute at Harvard University