By building a unique interdisciplinary program that aims at transparency and inclusion of diverse perspectives in long-term, rigorous dialogue, NC State, through the creative visions of Dr. Jennifer Kuzma and Dr. Fred Gould, will have a global impact on the design and development of genetically engineered organisms. By combining expertise in biological sciences, social sciences and the humanities, we will help citizens and policymakers make informed decisions by giving them information developed through detailed research and thorough deliberation.
Other goals of the center are to increase the research being done in these academic areas on NC State’ campus, to partner with industry partners doing research so that the GES Center will be the destination for anyone who is interested in the science, policy, history, market or business or environmental and health impacts of genetic engineering.
Dr. Jennifer Kuzma
Dr. Jennifer Kuzma joined NC State University in August 2013 as the Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program to co- direct the GES Center. She is the Goodnight-Glaxo Wellcome Distinguished Professor in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and Professor in the School of Public and International Affairs. She will also teach and advise students in the NSF-IGERT funded Ph.D. minor program on Genetic Engineering and Society: The Case of Genetic Pest Management.
Dr. Fred Gould
Dr. Fred Gould, co-director of the center, is a a professor in entomology who has done cutting edge research in the area of ecology and evolutionary biology. An elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, Gould studies the ecology and genetics of insect pests to improve food production and human and environmental health.
Dr. Jason Delborne
Dr. Jason Delborne serves as Associate Professor of Science, Policy and Society in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources within the College of Natural Resources. He will also teach and advise students in the NSF-IGERT funded Ph.D. minor program on Genetic Engineering and Society: The Case of Genetic Pest Management.
Dr. Zachary Brown
Dr. Zachary Brown serves as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. He will also teach and advise students in the NSF-funded Ph.D. minor program on Genetic Engineering and Society. At NC State, Brown’s research will focus on the interactions between economic and biological systems, including the implications of biotechnology innovation in economic development
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