A Day In The Half Life
This podcast series chronicles the incredible and often unexpected ways that science evolves over time, as told by the researchers who led it into its current state and those who are going to bring it into the future.
Episode three: biomanufacturing
What do advanced medicines, renewable fuels, vegan burgers, smart fabrics, petroleum-free plastics, and cruelty-free cosmetics have in common? They’re all produced with specially engineered microbes! Yep, microbes.
In episode three, we explore the fields of science making this 21st century industrial revolution possible: synthetic biology and biomanufacturing.
Our guests Jay Keasling & Deepika Awasthi discuss how humans first developed the tools and knowledge to harness the natural capabilities of bacteria and yeast, and chat about where this rapidly accelerating industry could go next. (Hello painless vaccines and eco-friendly air travel!)
listen to episode three & previous podcasts below
Keasling is the CEO of the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI), senior scientist at Berkeley Lab. At UC berkeley, professor of both Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering and Bioengineering & the Philomathia Chair in Alternative Energy. He is also the co-founder of Amyris
Deepika Awasthi is a project scientist in Berkeley Lab’s Biological Systems and Engineering Division and an affiliate at the Joint BioEnergy Institue.