Exploring Biotechnology’s Role in Global Health

LEAP Alumnus Keith Tyo’s Strategic Action Plan focused on the role of biotechnology in solving global health challenges, and the need for a problem-focused approach. Keith went on to develop a research and educational program in this area as an assistant professor at Northwestern University, including establishing a certificate in Sustainability and Global Health Technologies within Northwestern’s Master of Science in Biotechnology program. Two classes have now visited Cape Town, South Africa to conduct a technoeconomic analysis of biotechnology strategies for mine waste remediation, sustainable fuels and tuberculosis diagnostics. The program was supported in part by a National Science Foundation CAREER grant awarded to Keith in 2015.