Gabriel Licina biohacker

Gabriel Licina (@glimsd) is a Molecular Biologist, Research Consultant, hardcore biohacker and the Chief Research Officer of Scihouse, a research-focused makerspace working to make science and technology accessible for everyone with a variety of classes on topics from programming and computer skills, to botany, chemistry, 3d printing and more.

In 2015 Gabriel chemically induced night vision in his eyes with a controversial, yet successful experiment and is very active in the self-DIY movement. He’s also been very involved in the ecology and sustainable development spaces, serving as Biologist in Residence at Exosphere HQ.

 

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Prosanta Chakrabarty - Professor

Prosanta Chakrabarty (@preaux_fish) is a systematist and an ichthyologist studying the evolution and biogeography of both freshwater and marine fishes. His work includes studies of Neotropical (Central and South America, Caribbean) and Indo-West Pacific (Indian and Western Pacific Ocean) fishes.

Prosanta is an Associate Professor and Curator of Fishes at the Museum of Natural Science and Department of Biological Science at Louisiana State University and is also a Research Associate at the American Museum of Natural History in New York and Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.

He has gone on research trips to Japan, Australia, Taiwan, Madagascar, Panama, Kuwait, and many other countries and discovered over a dozen new species including new anglerfishes and cavefishes in the process.

His latest books include A Guide to Academia: Getting into and surviving grad school, postdocs and a research job and Making a Big Splash with Louisiana Fishes. He is also a former Program Director at the National Science Foundation and was named a TED Fellow in 2016, and a TED Senior Fellow in 2018.

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Kevin Folta (@kevinfolta) is a professor and chairman of the horticultural sciences department at the University of Florida and host of the Talking Biotech Podcast. He is a plant scientist who has researched how plants react to light, and he started blogging about a variety of topics in 2008, gaining popularity as a speaker on biotechnology.

He has faced harsh criticism from many in the anti-GMO crowd over his industry connections and past consulting arrangements with big agriculture, yet brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the areas of farming, food production, ecologies and ecological change and much more.

He is very passionate about feeding the world and see GMO as the best, most effective way to feed a growing world population struggling to survive. Should be a fun one.

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 Joe Meany - GrapheneJoseph Meany (@crimsonalkemist) is the Founder of The Crimson Alkemist and co-author of Graphene: The Superstrong, Superthin, and Superversatile Material That Will Revolutionize the WorldTogether with his co-author Les Johnson, the two make a compelling case for graphene, the near-term super metamaterial that’s both fascinated and bewildered scientists, technologists and futurists for years.

Imagine a material stronger than steel and thinner than paper, that’s graphene – at least what it is supposed to one day be. We welcome one of the foremost experts on the topics of graphene and nanomaterials to examine the issues and implications on our future and much more.

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Eric Ladizinsky - Co-founder of D-Wave Quantum computing companyEric Ladizinsky is the co-founder and Chief Scientist of D-Wave Systems (@dwavesys), the world’s first quantum computing company and the leader in the development and delivery of quantum computing systems and software. Their mission is to use quantum computing to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems.

D-Wave’s systems are being used by world-class organizations like Lockheed Martin, Google, NASA, USC, USRA, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Volkswagen, and many others and they have been granted over 160 U.S. patents and has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers in leading scientific journals.

As a leader in the space, Eric is often called upon to evangelize on all aspects of quantum computing.Prior to D-Wave, Eric was a principal investigator at Northrop Grumman Space Technology (formerly TRW, Inc.) where he ran a multi-million dollar DARPA program in Quantum Computing using superconducting integrated circuit technology.

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Are you interested in space travel, genetic engineering and other futurist tech trends transforming our world/society? If so you will love this.

Our Expert Panelists:

Aubrey de Grey is a Cambridge researcher and Chief Science Officer of SENS Research Foundation focused on aging and extending human longevity. He proposes that the first human beings who will live to 1,000 years old have already been born. In addition to his research, Aubrey is editor-in-chief of the academic journal Rejuvenation Research, author of The Mitochondrial Free Radical Theory of Aging (1999) and co-author of Ending Aging(2007). De Grey’s research focuses on whether regenerative medicine can prevent the aging process. He works on the development of what he calls “Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence” (SENS), a collection of proposed techniques to rejuvenate the human body and stop aging. To this end, he has identified seven types of molecular and cellular damage caused by essential metabolic processes. SENS is a proposed panel of therapies designed to repair this damage.

Mike Selden is co-founder and CEO of Finless Foods, a food startup that uses cutting-edge cellular-agriculture technologies to grow marine-animal cells, creating fish and seafood products enjoyed around the world. They are working toward a sci-fi, soon-here world where everyone has access to healthy, delectable seafood, without the environmental devastation or the health hazards of traditional fishing and aquatic farming.

Jenny Rooke is the founder and managing partner or Genoa Ventures (formerly 5 Prime Ventures) where she funds and builds companies that change the way science gets done with new tools and technologies. She has a PhD in Genetics, a Bachelors in physics, and a background in computer science and works closely with early-stage life science start-ups on issues of fundraising, market and product strategy, and business development.

We cover a wide range of topics from genetic engineering and human longevity to personalized medicine, pharma, manufactured meats and much more…

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