MIT Professor Kevin Esvelt leads the Sculpting Evolution Group in exploring evolutionary and ecological engineering. The creator of a synthetic viral ecosystem to rapidly evolve useful biomolecules, he helped pioneer the development of CRISPR genome editing, invented CRISPR-based “gene drive” systems capable of single-handedly editing the genomes of wild species, and has led efforts to ensure that all such research is open and community-guided. Esvelt’s laboratory broadly focuses on mitigating catastrophic biological risks by developing countermeasures against novel pandemics, changing scientific norms, and applying cryptography to secure DNA synthesis.
Assistant Professor, Leader, Sculpting Evolution Group
Massachusetts Institute of Technology