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
Jennifer Kuzma is the Goodnight-NCGSK Foundation Distinguished Professor in the School of Public and International Affairs, and co-director of the Genetic Engineering and Society Center, at NC State University. Prior to this, she was associate professor of science and technology policy at the University of Minnesota (2003-2013); study director at the U.S. National Academies of Science (NAS) (1999-2003); and an AAAS Risk Policy Fellow at the USDA (1997-1999). She has over 100 scholarly publications on emerging technologies and governance and has been studying this area for over 25 years. Kuzma currently serves on several national and international advisory boards, including the World Economic Forum’s Global Futures Council on Technology, Values, and Policy and the U.S. National Academy of Sciences Committee on Preparing for Future Biotechnology.
Dr. Fred Gould
Dr. Fred Gould, co-director of the center, is a University Distinguished Professor of Evolutionary Biology in the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, 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. Gould was the Chair of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) groundbreaking study on Genetically Engineered Crops: Experiences and Prospects, which reevaluated and compiled all available research on GE crop safety.
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.