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Ellen Jorgensen      

President at Genspace, Biologist & Community Science Advocate

Dr. Ellen Jorgensen is cofounder and Chief Science Officer at Carverr, a biotech startup that safeguards supply chains and promotes sustainable practices by using biomolecules and probiotics to track and trace food and other products. In 2017, Fast Company magazine named her one of their Most Creative Leaders in Business. She holds a Ph.D. in Cell & Molecular Biology from New York University and spent over 30 years in the biotechnology industry. Dr. Jorgensen is passionate about increasing science literacy in both student and adult populations, particularly in the areas of molecular and synthetic biology. In 2009 she cofounded Genspace, a community biolab in Brooklyn that was named one of the World's Top 10 Innovative Companies in Education. She is a SynbioLEAP fellow, an alumni of the Amsterdam School of Creative Leadership THNK, and a member of the GP-write consortium to construct a human genome. She recently founded the nonprofit Biotech Without Borders to help provide access to biotech education to all. Her TED talks, “Biohacking: You Can Do It Too” and “What You Need To Know About CRISPR” have each had over a million views.

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