Keynote Speaker: Jonathan Trent, PhD, Senior Scientist, NASA Ames Research Center


After receiving his Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Dr. Trent spent six years in Europe at the Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry in Germany, the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, and the University of Paris at Orsay in France. He returned to the U.S.A. to work at the Boyer Center for Molecular Medicine at Yale Medical School for two years before establishing a biotechnology group at Argonne National Laboratory. In 1998 he moved to NASA Ames Research Center to be part of NASA’s Astrobiology program. At NASA Ames, he established the Protein Nanotechnology Group and is currently also an Adjunct Professor in the Biomolecular Engineering Department at UCSC. For many years Dr. Trent has been studying the molecular adaptations of extremophiles—microbes living in extreme environments. His study of extremophiles address questions in Astrobiology and the limits of life. Using extremophilic proteins and combine self-assembly with genetic engineering, his group is also exploring how biology can be used in nanotechnology. Most recently, his research team is studying the microbial ecology of chronic wounds to look for ways of intervening in the healing process.

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