My passion is for learning, engineering, biology, and most importantly people. The synergy of being able to put these together is what I have had the most fun with in my life and what I want to continue doing! My academic background is in Biochemistry with a focus in Cancer Biology, and an in-formal training (>5 years) in Synthetic Biology working and managing projects as diverse as DNA assembly, bio-fuels, environmental remediation, and biosensors for toxins.
I can be defined as a science educator working with various projects with organizations such as Alberta Innovates Technology Futures (AITF), MindFuel, and the Sanofi BioGENEious Competition (SBC) to build labs in high schools, design science entrepreneurship high school curriculum, and run international biotech competitions for students. I am a judge, safety reviewer, and policy committee member for the International Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM) Competition of which I have been involved for almost 7 years. Finally, I am an entrepreneur with an early venture start-up company called FREDsense Technologies out of the University of Calgary, focused on developing portable biosensors that you can use to detect chemical toxins in your water.
For more information on David’s work, and his experience with the Lean Launch Pad for Genomics offerings, read his feature in the May 2014 Alumni Spotlight Series, click here.
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