Vice-Chair Digital Biology
Principal Faculty of Medicine and Digital Biology
Scientific writing • Grant writing • Molecular biology • DNA • Computational Biology • Ancient Molecules • Egyptology • Biology • Biotech • Microbiome • Digital biology • Medicine • Intro to Exponentials • Space Industry
Global Grand Challenge interests
Disaster Resilience • Education • Energy • Environment • Food • Health • Security • Space & Physical Sciences • Water
Tiffany Vora is an educator, writer, research scientist, and entrepreneur who is excited to bring her diversity of experience to Singularity University as Principal Faculty in Medicine and Digital Biology.
After earning undergraduate degrees in Biology and Chemistry at New York University, Tiffany worked on cutting-edge drug-discovery technologies at Bristol-Myers Squibb. Her PhD research in the Department of Molecular Biology at Princeton University, which was funded through NASA, brought her into the emerging fields of genomics, systems biology, and computational biology. It was during this time that Tiffany developed an interest in the cultural shifts that accompany new technologies and new ways of thinking. She translated this interest into a global perspective by joining the American University of Cairo as a Visiting Assistant Professor, where she spearheaded curriculum development for core classes in scientific thinking as well as computational biology classes for non-programmers.
Upon her return to the United States, Tiffany founded Bayana Science, an editing, writing, and consulting company dedicated to excellence in science communication. Tiffany also served as an instructor for the Department of Bioengineering at Stanford University. She has contributed to literally thousands of grant proposals, research articles, presentations, textbooks, and other works spanning medicine, computer science, applied physics, chemistry, nanotechnology, and the life sciences; her biology expertise encompasses fields as diverse as the microbiome, ancient molecules, biophysics, environmental monitoring, tissue engineering, biohacking, and the quantitative analysis of large biological datasets.
Tiffany loves encountering the natural world through hiking and scuba diving. She travels extensively with her family, seeking out new experiences and cultures. She enjoys sharing her passions through teaching, writing, and public speaking.
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The Current State of Gene Editing
We are witnessing the creation and development of new technologies that enable the precise and permanent modification of the source code of life—DNA. These technologies, such as CRISPR/Cas9, have applications that span medicine, agriculture, space, and other Global Grand Challenges areas, and are revolutionizing humanity’s power to impact the world around us. We’ll explore the current state of gene-editing technologies, the current roadblocks to progress, and how we can prepare ourselves to innovate while confronting important ethical and moral challenges.
The Microbiome: Programming the Future from the Inside Out
Exponential advances in digital biology-enabled technologies have revealed that we are more than human: each of our bodies contains a personalized and dynamic ecosystem of bacteria, fungi, and viruses known as the microbiome. Early research into the microbiome has uncovered tantalizing links with human health and behavior, suggesting that the microbiome constitutes a novel “tuning knob” for individualized wellness. As microbiome research and applications come to maturity in the next few years, we will see an explosion of personalized nutrition products and smart technology-enabled devices and apps to improve agriculture, energy production, and human health—on a global scale.
Digital Biology: Reading, Writing, and Making Life
The life sciences are a critical component of the global economy and of modern life. Just as computers store information as strings of 0s and 1s, on Earth, living systems store information in DNA. By reading out this information, digital biology is revolutionizing human health and wellness, agriculture, environmental monitoring and remediation, biofuel production, and many other industries. Excitingly, this paradigm of “DNA as information” suggests that living systems are just that: systems that can be “programmed” by altering their DNA “algorithms.” Although the application of digital biology raises profound ethical, governmental, and environmental questions, these technologies provide a tremendous opportunity to solve some of humanity’s global grand challenges, such as health, food, water, energy, the environment, and even space. If the 20th century was the Computer Age, then the 21st century will be the Biology Age.
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