Microbes are often the cause of serious infections and diseases. But scientists are able to tame potentially dangerous microbes and can coax them into making new chemicals that are hugely beneficial to us and society. Join us to learn how a new scientific movement called “synthetic biology” is being inspired by Lego to turn microbes into microscopic factories for the discovery and manufacture of medicines to treat human diseases and infections.
About Our Speaker
Gavin Williams wants to engineer what we cannot see to produce new medicines. Gavin is an Associate Professor in Bio-organic Chemistry at NC State University. Originally from England, Gavin received his B.Sc. in Biochemistry from the University of Wales, a PhD from the University of Leeds, and completed post-doctoral training at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Gavin joined the Department of Chemistry at NC State in 2009, was promoted to Associate Professor in 2015, and has been named a University Faculty Scholar (2015-2020). He is also recipient of the 2016 Chancellors Innovation Award, the 2012 National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the 2014 Sigma Xi Research Award and is a member of the Comparative Medicine Institute at NC State.