“The research I do is like science fiction with real-life applications. It’s the best of both worlds.”

Katarzyna (Kate) Adamala is a pioneering synthetic biologist and genetics professor at the University of Minnesota. Her groundbreaking work spans the realms of astrobiology, synthetic cell engineering, and biocomputing.

Adamala is the driving force behind the Build-a-Cell Initiative and co-founder of the synthetic cell company, Synlife. Adamala's research has even uncovered the vital role of citric acid in the primordial metabolism, unveiling fascinating secrets of our ancient world. Amongst her many public engagements, Adamala presented a widely watched TEDx talk on the concept of building synthetic minimal cells, with its biotechnological, biomedical and basic science implications.

"Kate Adamala wants to make life from scratch!" Wilhelm Huck

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