A computational and molecular biologist, Dr. Richardson specializes in the design of genomes. Dr. Richardson earned her B.S. in Biology at the University of Maryland College Park; with the support of a prestigious DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship she earned a Ph.D. in Human Genetics and Molecular Biology from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. As a Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow of Genomics at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory she worked on massive scale synthetic biology projects and the integration of computational genomics with experimental genomics. In 2015, she was named a SynBio LEAP Fellow, based on her “leadership potential and vision for shaping a future in biotechnology.” In 2015 she was also one of five promising young female scientists to receive a postdoctoral fellowship award from L’Oréal USA; she proposed to study CRISPR systems and the domestication of non-model bacteria.
Trained in chemistry and biochemistry, Dr. Brown specializes in understanding the intracellular proteomic environment and its bioengineering. She received a B.S. in Chemistry and a B.A. in Anthropology from The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She obtained her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley under the guidance of Professor Michelle Chang where she investigated the lignin-induced transcriptomic and proteomic response of lignin-degrading bacteria as well as novel biochemical mechanisms for the oxidation of lignin and lignin-like molecules. Her post-doctoral studies were performed in the laboratory of Professor Jay Keasling engineering bacteria to degrade chemical warfare agents as a source of carbon.