Dr. Joseph Jacobson

Joseph Jacobson is Associate Professor at MIT and leads the MIT Media Lab’s Molecular Machines group. He received a PhD in physics from MIT (where he set the record for the shortest pulse, in optical cycles, from a laser) and was a postdoctoral fellow in physics at Stanford.  His lab, which is focused on the field of Synthetic Biology, has pioneered efforts in Genomically Re-Coded Organisms (The first forms of life which run a different genetic code) and Next Generation Gene Synthesis for programming cells to produce new pharmaceuticals, renewable chemicals, fuels and food.  He is the recipient of a Technology Review TR100 Award for the top 100 Innovators under 35,  The Gutenberg Prize, a Discover Award, The 2013 Exner Medal and is a 2016 inductee into the U.S. Patent Office’s Inventors Hall of Fame.  Jacobson was a co-founder of E Ink and Gen9 Corporations and was a founding director of One Laptop Per Child (OLPC).