Science and Public Leadership Fellow 2010
Associate Professor, Chemistry, Emory University
Justin Gallivan explores the boundaries of synthetic biology by engineering bacteria to perform complex tasks in predictable ways. Justin’s research on reprogrammable bacteria has important implications for pressing challenges, such as the need to track and clean up environmental pollutants. His research has appeared in prestigious journals and has been covered by major media outlets such as The New York Times and Reuters. Justin’s work has been funded by many organizations, including the Dreyfus Foundation, the Herman Frasch Foundation of the American Chemical Society, the National Institutes of Health, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the Beckman Foundation, and the Sloan Foundation. Integrating chemistry, biology and materials science, his fundamental research stands to transform the way we understand and utilize bacteria to improve our health and the environment.