The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) presents the Integrative Medicine Research Lecture Series. The series provides overviews of the current state of research and practice involving complementary health approaches and explores perspectives on the emerging discipline of integrative medicine. Dr. Christina Smolke, is an associate professor, associate chair of education, and W.M. Keck Foundation Faculty Scholar in the Department of Bioengineering and, by courtesy, Chemical Engineering at Stanford University.
Dr. Smolke’s research program develops foundational tools that drive transformative advances in our ability to engineer biology. For example, her group has led the development of a novel class of biological I/O devices, fundamentally changing how we interact with and program biology. Her group has also pioneered the development of microbial biosynthesis platforms for complex plant natural products, leading to disruptive technologies for sourcing and discovering medicines.
Dr. Smolke is an inventor on more than 15 patents and her research program has been honored with numerous awards, including Nature’s 10, the NIH Director’s Pioneer Award, the World Technology Award in Biotechnology, and the MIT Technology Review’s 35 Innovators Under 35 Award.