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. Dr. Kuzma was recently named to the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Future Biotechnology Products, a 13-member group advising federal regulatory agencies on emerging advances in biotechnology. She also teaches and advises students in the NSF-IGERT funded Ph.D. minor program in Genetic Engineering and Society: The Case of Genetic Pest Management.
Dr. Fred Gould
Dr. Fred Gould, co-director of the center, is a William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor of 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. Todd Kuiken
Dr. Todd Kuiken joined the Genetic Engineering and Society Center as a Senior Research Scholar in August 2016. He previously was the principal investigator on the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Synthetic Biology Project, where he had numerous projects evaluating and designing new research and governance strategies to proactively address the biosafety, biosecurity and environmental risks associated with synthetic biology and genetic engineering.
Dr. Jason Delborne
Dr. Jason Delborne is Associate Professor of Science, Policy, and Society in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources in the College of Natural Resources. Jason received an A.B. in Human Biology from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management from the University of California, Berkeley. He joined the NCSU faculty in 2013 as part of the Genetic Engineering and Society Cluster. His research, which draws on the interdisciplinary field of Science, Technology, and Society (STS), explores highly politicized scientific controversies with particular attention to interactions among policymakers, scientists, and the public.
Dr. Zachary Brown
Dr. Zachary Brown serves as an Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. He will also teach and advise students in the NSF-funded Ph.D. minor program in Genetic Engineering and Society. At NC State, Brown’s research focuses on the interactions between economic and biological systems, including the implications of biotechnology innovation in economic development.