Tom Knight spent most of
his career in computer science and electrical engineering at MIT, before
playing a major role in creating the field of synthetic biology. In 1996
he seeded interest in the field at DARPA, and built a molecular biology
laboratory in the MIT computer science department.
standards for engineering biological systems, such as the Biobrick standard,
first distributed in 2002. He was one of the founders of the iGEM
competition, and remains on its board. In 2008, he co-founded
Gingko Bioworks, where he now remains a full-time researcher. His
interests include minimal organisms, origins of life, and predictive
models of biological systems.