Christina SmolkeView all speakers
Christina D. Smolke is an Associate Professor, Associate Chair of Education, and W.M. Keck Foundation Faculty Scholar at Stanford University in the Department of Bioengineering. Professor Smolke’s research focuses on developing modular genetic platforms for programming information processing and control functions in living systems.
She has pioneered the design and application of RNA molecules that process and transmit user-specified input signals to targeted protein outputs, thereby linking molecular computation to gene expression. These technologies are leading to transformative advances in how we interact with and program biology and are being applied to address key challenges in scalable natural product biosynthesis platforms, cellular therapeutics, and targeted molecular therapies. She has been honored with the NIH Director’s Pioneer Award, NSF CAREER Award, Beckman Young Investigator Award, Sloan Research Fellowship, WTN Award in Biotechnology, TR35 Award, and Neekeyfar Lecturer.