Christina Smolke Stanford Bioengineering

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Christina Smolke
Associate Chair for Education, Associate Professor, Bioengineering

Christina Smolke received her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from University of California, Berkeley in 2001. She also did postgraduate work there in Cell Biology. Professor Smolke's research program focuses on developing modular genetic platforms for programming information processing and control functions in living systems, resulting in transformative technologies for engineering, manipulating, and probing biological systems. She has pioneered the design and application of a broad class of RNA molecules, called RNA devices that process and transmit user-specified input signals to targeted protein outputs. Her laboratory is applying these technologies to addressing key challenges in cellular therapeutics, targeted molecular therapies, and green biosynthesis strategies.