Oliver Medvedik, Ph.D.
Co-Founder, Genspace and Bioworks Institute
Oliver is Director of Science at Terreform ONE and Genspace. He is also the Sandholm
Visiting Professor of Biology and Bioengineering and Assistant Director of the Maurice Kanbar
Center for Biomedical Engineering at The Cooper Union. In addition, Oliver is faculty at the
School of Visual Arts (SVA). Oliver earned his Ph.D. from Harvard Medical School in the
Biomedical and Biological Sciences program. As part of his doctoral work he has used
single-celled budding yeast as a genetic system to map pathways that underlie the processes
of aging in more complex organisms, such as humans. Prior to arriving in Boston in 1999 for
his doctoral studies, he has lived most of his life in New York City. Since graduating in 2006
from Harvard, he has worked as a consultant for Sirtris Pharmaceuticals, a biotechnology
company specializing in the research and development of small-molecule therapeutics to
treat age-onset diseases, such as diabetes. He has mentored two of Harvard's teams for the
international genetically engineered machines competition (IGEM) held annually at M.I.T.
Currently, he is the principal investigator at the Bioworks Institute laboratory for art and biology,
and Genspace community biotechnology laboratory in Brooklyn, New York. Oliver has been
awarded the TED fellowship for 2012.
Architecture Group for Smart City Design, Ecological Planning, and Art.