Video: John Cumbers Talks Synthetic Biology

NASA Ames Director Pete Worden calls synthetic biology one of the most crucial fields required for humans to live off planet Earth. But what is synthetic biology? And what can it do for us? John Cumbers of the NASA Ames Synthetic Biology Innovation Laboratory explains in this exclusive video.

NASA Ames Hiring Research Fellows for Synthetic Biology Lab

A P3 Navy aircraft with Hangar One at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California. (Copyright 2009: Douglas Messier)

Synthetic Biology Innovation Laboratory

NASA Ames Research Center has an established track record in biotechnology and fundamental biology research, with applications in astrobiology, radiation biology, biosensors, biofuels, bionanotechnology, human health, and bioregenerative life support. Ames is seeking to infuse synthetic biology into these and other applications.

Two positions are available for Research Fellows in the newly established Synthetic Biology Innovation Laboratory, a cross-disciplinary research group formed to create new technologies that meet NASA needs.