Webinar: Assessing the Environmental Impact of Synthetic Biology

Monday, August 1, 2016 at 2:00 pm Eastern

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Chris Warner, US Army Engineer Research & Development Center. View bio

Chris Warner, Ph.D., is a biochemist and biochemical engineer in the Environmental Laboratory at the USACE Engineer Research and Development Center. He has experience in fundamental academic research, pharmaceutical product development and military material projects. Chris is interested how biological systems can be understood to guide synthesis of new materials and novel solutions to existing problems. Dr. Warner has been with the Environmental Lab since 2012, where he helped develop synthetic biology and bio-inspired material synthesis programs. Prior to joining ERDC, Chris was a doctoral research candidate with the Keck Graduate School of Applied Life Sciences (KGI). His work helped to develop manufacturing techniques to provide medical countermeasures in the event of a catastrophic biological event, such as a pandemic or detonation of a biological weapon. Dr. Warner previously worked at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, where he helped develop lifesaving cancer medicines for hard to treat tumors. His education includes a B.S in Neuroscience and a B.S. in Biochemistry from UCLA, as well as a Masters in Applied Life Sciences from KGI, a PhD in Biochemical Engineering from KGI and a MBA in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing and Finance from the Drucker School of Business in Claremont, CA.

Jed Eberly, Research Microbiologist, US Army Engineer Research & Development Center. View bio

Jed Eberly, Ph.D., is a Research Microbiologist in the Environmental Laboratory at the USACE Engineer Research and Development Center. He is the principle investigator for multiple projects in the ERDC Environmental Quality and Installations (EQ/I) program. His areas of study include synthetic microbial circuits for analyzing signal transmission in feed forward loops and aptamers for detection of insensitive munitions. He is also lead PI for a project focused and improving early detection of harmful algal blooms (HABs) and HAB toxin release. In conjunction with this work he supports multiple USACE Corps districts by assisting with developing plans for mitigating HABs. His most recent area of study is in assessing the environmental impacts of synthetic biology. Dr. Eberly holds a doctorate degree in Biological and Ecological Engineering from Oregon State University.

The webinar is an information-gathering meeting for the committee in which the speakers are invited to provide input to the committee. The webinar will be recorded and posted on this page.