Controlling Biology: Complexity Is Not The Problem
Elizabeth Strychalski is a Program Manager in the Biological Technologies Office (BTO) of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), as well as a research scientist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Dr. Strychalski focuses on building the scientific, technological, and metrological foundations needed to discover and exploit the fundamental rules underpinning biological systems broadly across scales of space, time, and complexity. By catalyzing a new technical community around the control and rational design of biological systems, Dr. Strychalski hopes to foster a highly collaborative approach to engineering biological systems, leveraging experimental, theoretical, and analytics techniques across the sciences and engineering. Her research has advanced nanofluidic device fabrication and applications to DNA separation and polymer physics. She holds Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Physics from Cornell University and B.S. and B.A. degrees in Physics and Religion, respectively, from the University of Rochester.