Creating New Spaces for Public Inquiry

In 2013 LEAP Alumnus Michal Galdzicki joined Arzeda, an industrial biotechnology company in Seattle, where he develops a software platform to enable engineering of novel biochemical pathways. In Seattle, Michal has become a leader in developing new spaces and projects aimed at fostering public engagement with biotechnology. He volunteers and teaches at SoundBio Lab, a new nonprofit DIYbio laboratory he co-founded to provide hands-on biotechnology workshops and projects for students of all ages. Among other projects, he leads the Citizen Salmon project, which is designing genotyping methods to find out where the salmon we eat were born. The project aims to seek a deeper knowledge of local food origins and provide the same opportunity for inquiry to the public.