Oliver Medvedik, Ph.D.

Oliver Medvedik earned his Ph.D. at Harvard Medical School, in the Biomedical and Biological Sciences program.  As part of his doctoral work he has used single-celled budding yeast as a model system to map the genetic pathways that underlie the processes of aging in more complex organisms, such as humans.

Prior to arriving in Boston for his doctoral studies, he has lived most of his life in New York City.  He obtained his bachelor's degree in biology from Hunter College, City University of New York. Since graduating from Harvard, he has worked as a biotechnology consultant, taught molecular biology to numerous undergraduates at Harvard University and mentored two of Harvard’s teams for the international genetically engineered machines competition (IGEM) held annually at M.I.T. 

Andrew Gray

Andrew is originally from the bay area (San Francisco) but left early on at the age of 13 when her mom remarried a Tasmanian wine maker. So he grew up in Australia, finished high school, joined the US Navy and spent 4 years in the Pacific fleet and 1 year in Afghanistan. While in Afghanistan he happened upon a US base that had internet and started an associates in computer science, and did an elective in Biology. After doing that elective in biology, he fell in love with it. He left the military to study science and explore this new found appreciation for life it had given to him. When he enrolled in a University Melbourne Australia, he was a little annoyed at how little hands on science they were being exposed to and how “babied” the prac sessions were. After having to change Universities and start over due to financial reasons, he was even more annoyed and grew increasingly impatient. So he initially wanted to get involved with Biohacking to start practicing molecular biology and biochemistry sooner rather than later. However, the more he learned about BioHacking and what science inspired version of the maker movement had to offer, his outcomes started to, and continue to change.

Llewellyn Cox

Llewellyn is the Founder and CEO of Lab Launch Inc, a non-profit biotechnology incubator company. Llewellyn received his PhD in Molecular and Cell Biology at Cardiff University, before moving to New York City to study neuroscience at Weill Cornell Medical College. More recently, he has worked in research development and program management at LA area institutions including City of Hope and USC, and has founded a number of startups, including LieuLabs LLC and Bioprogramming Solutions.

Julie Legault

JULIE WORKS TO MAKE SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATIONS APPROACHABLE TO THE PUBLIC, CRAFTING EXPERIENCES AND OBJECTS THAT INVITE CULTURE SHIFTS.

SHE HOLDS A MASTER OF ART FROM THE SCHOOL OF MATERIALS AT THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF ART (UK), DEGREES IN BOTH DESIGN TECHNOLOGY AND ARTS FROM CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY (CANADA), AND IS CURRENTLY FINISHING A MASTERS OF SCIENCE AT THE MIT MEDIA LAB (USA). SHE HAS  TAUGHT AT BIRMINGHAM’S INSTITUTE OF ART AND DESIGN (UK) AND WORKED WITH MULTIPLE COMPANIES, MUSEUMS, AND POP STARS TO DEVELOP SMART MATERIALS, WEARABLE TECHNOLOGIES, AND INTERACTIVE ART. 

Ryan Bethencourt

Ryan Bethencourt is a scientist, entrepreneur, and biohackerbest known for his work as program director and venture partner at Indie.Bio, a biology accelerator and early stage seed fund. Bethencourt was head of life sciences at the XPRIZE foundation, a co-founder and CEO of Berkeley Biolabs, a biotech accelerator, and Halpin Neurosciences, an ALS therapeutics-focused biotech company. Bethencourt co-founded Counter Culture Labs, a citizen science nonprofit, and Sudo Room, a hacker space based in downtown Oakland, California.

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