George Church is an award-winning geneticist, molecular engineer, and chemist as well as a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering. He is known for his work on cloning, genomic sequencing, open education, and citizen science.
In 1984 (with Walter Gilbert), he published the first direct genomic sequencing method and in 1995 he was the co-inventor of nanopore sequencing. He has also co-invented several uses for DNA, including detectors for dark matter (weakly interacting massive particles aka WIMPs), anti-cancer “nano-robots”, and strategies for digital data storage that are over a million times denser than conventional disk drives. He is sometimes referred to as “The Father of Synthetic Biology”.
In 2012, he authored the NewScientist “top science book,” Regenesis: How Synthetic Biology Will Reinvent Nature and Ourselves with Ed Regis. He has given multiple TED Talks and appears often in television media (The Colbert Report, NOVA, Charlie Rose, and others). Church currently serves as a member of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientist’ Board of Sponsors.