Gladstone-UCSF Institute of Genomic Immunology Seminar
Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Pamela Silver, PhD

Elliot T. and Onie H. Adams Professor of Biochemistry and Systems Biology, Harvard Medical School
Wyss Institute of Biologically Inspired Engineering

Pamela Silver is building synthetic cells that act as sensors, memory devices, bio-computers, producers of high value commodities and energy from the sun, and novel subsystems such as proteins with designed properties for therapeutic use. Among her most recent innovations are bacteria that can sense and respond to gut inflammation and the Bionic Leaf, which couples sunlight capture to bioproduction at an efficiency exceeding plants. Understanding how to program cells in a rational way will have value in stem cell design, drug therapy, and the environment.

Silver is one of the founding members of the Department of Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School and was the first director of the Harvard University Graduate Program in Systems Biology. Her work was recognized by an Innovation Award at BIO2007, and Innocentive Award, and has been funded by grants from the NIH, DARPA, DOD, DOE, NSF, Novartis, Merck, and The Moore Foundation. She was awarded an NIH MERIT award and became a Fellow of the Radcliffe Institute. Silver has been named one of the top 20 Global Synthetic Biology Influencers, top 300 people in the bioeconomy, and was the Joseph Henry Lecturer at the Washington DC Philosophical Society. She was the editor of Molecular Biology of the Cell and has served on the council of the American Society for Cell Biology and on the Committee for Women in Cell Biology. She is one of the founders and on the board of


October 18, 2022
10:00-11:00am PDT

The Gladstone-UCSF Institute of Genomic Immunology Seminar Series showcases speakers at the intersection of genomic technology and immunology research with an aim to engineer the human immune system for therapeutic benefit. Speakers span technology development, synthetic biology, bioengineering, and the development and clinical application of immunotherapy. These talks are open to the Gladstone and UCSF communities.

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