Drew Endy developed the world's first "fabless" genetic engineering teaching lab in the new Bioengineering program at Stanford and previously helped start the Biological Engineering major at MIT. His Stanford research team develops genetically encoded computers and redesigns genomes. He co-founded the BioBricks Foundation as a public-benefit charity supporting free-to-use standards and technology that enable the engineering of biology ( He co-organized the International Genetically Engineered Machines ( competition, the BIOFAB International Open Facility Advancing Biotechnology (, and Gen9, Inc. ( He serves on the US Committee on Science Technology and Law and is a new voting member of the US National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity. He chaired the 2003 Synthetic Biology study as a member of DARPA ISAT, served as an ad hoc member of the US NIH Recombinant DNA Advisor Committee, and co-authored the 2007 "Synthetic Genomics: Options for Governance" report with colleagues from the Center for Strategic & International Studies and the J. Craig Venter Institute. Esquire named Endy one of the 75 most influential people of the 21st century. He lives in Menlo Park CA with his wife and Stanford Bioengineering colleague Prof. Christina Smolke.

Academic Appointments

Honors & Awards

  • The Seymour Benzer Lectureship, US National Academy of Sciences (2013)
  • Presidential Champion of Change, The White House (2013)
  • Best Research Article for 2012, Journal of Biological Engineering (2012)
  • Kavli Fellow, US National Academies of Sciences (2012)
  • Best Research Article for 2011, Journal of Biological Engineering (2011)
  • Most Influential People of the 21st Century, Esquire (2009)
  • Terman Fellow, Stanford University (2008)
  • Best & Brightest, Esquire (2007)
  • WIRED Rave Awards, WIRED (2005)
  • Cabot Career Development Award, MIT (2005)
  • Certificate of Service, DARPA ISAT (2004)
  • Certificate of Appreciation, Synthetic Biology Study Chair, DARPA (2003)
  • Goodrich Prize, Thayer School, Dartmouth College (1998)
  • Darling Fellowship, Thayer School, Dartmouth College (1994)
  • Arthur Humphrey Teaching Award, Lehigh University (1993)

Professional Education

  • PhD, Dartmouth, Biotechnology & Biochemical Engineering (1998)
  • MS, Lehigh, Environmental Engineering (1994)
  • BS, Lehigh, Civil Engineering (1992)