Tom Knight

Ginkgo Bioworks, Boston

Tom Knight is a Senior Research Scientist at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. Tom is well-known for numerous seminal contributions to electrical engineering and computer science. He has over 30 patents and has started several companies including Symbolics, Exa, Polychip, Tenedos, Silicon Spice, High Speed Solutions, Permabit, Microdisplay, and Scalable Display Technologies.

Considered by most to be a father of the field of synthetic biology, Tom Knight co-launched the Registry of Standard Biological Parts and the iGEM competition. He also invented the BioBrick™ standard for physical composition of genetic parts that underpins the Registry and iGEM competition. He now works at the synthetic biology company Ginkgo Bioworks, which he cofounded in 2008.

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