Friday, July 6, 2018

Adam Feist: Harnessing Evolution as a Tool

Adam Feist, a UC San Diego bioengineering alumnus (PhD) and current Project Scientist, has been awarded the Jay Bailey Young Investigator Award from the Society for Biological Engineering. The journal Metabolic Engineering sponsored the 2018 award, and they put together a nice story about Adam Feist and his work in the Systems Biology Research Group run by UC San Diego bioengineering professor Bernhard Palsson.  

One of the things Feist works on, and discusses in the article, is harnessing evolution as a tool.

Dr. Feist supervises and leads the design, development and implementation of over $1 million worth of equipment for adaptive laboratory evolution studies. ‘The evolution platforms we have are actually tangible things, machines working in the lab, doing different tasks,’ he said. ‘It’s fascinating, instead of modeling, where we predict what we want to engineer, we turn that on its head and ask the cells to figure it out themselves. It’s eye-opening that the cells can do this.’”

Feist is also Senior Researcher and Group Leader at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability, Technical University of Denmark (DTU).

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