Chief Scientist, Synthetic Biology, NASA
Dr. Lynn Rothschild, is an evolutionary biologist/ astrobiologist at NASA Ames, and Professor at Brown University and Stanford , where she teaches Astrobiology and Space Exploration. She has broad training in biology, and a love for protists and evolution. Since arriving at Ames in 1987, her research has focused on how life, particularly microbes, has evolved in the context of the physical environment, both here and potentially elsewhere, and how we might tap into 'Nature’s toolbox' to advance the field of synthetic biology. Field sites range from Australia to Africa to the Andes, from the ocean to 100,000 feet on a balloon. In the last few years Rothschild has brought her expertise in extremeophiles and evolutionary biology to the field of synthetic biology, addressing on how synthetic biology can enhance NASA's missions. For the last two years she has been the faculty advisor of the Brown-Stanford award-winning iGEM team. Rothschild is a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London, the California Academy of Sciences and the Explorers Club.