Dr. Justin Gallivan is a Program Manager in the Biological Technologies Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. He is interested in many facets of synthetic biology, including engineering microbial communities to produce small molecules or to prevent disease, reprogramming multicellular organisms to perform complex tasks, and creating living materials capable of self-repair.
Dr. Gallivan is on loan to DARPA from Emory University, where he is an Associate Professor and a Winship Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Chemistry. At Emory, he leads a research program in RNA-based synthetic biology.
Dr. Gallivan received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1994) and a Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology (2000), where he later completed a National Institutes of Health National Research Service Award postdoctoral fellowship. He has been a Fellow of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar, a Beckman Young Investigator and a PopTech Science and Public Leadership Fellow.