Kate Adamala

Kate Adamala
Genetics, Cell Biology & Development
College of Biological Sciences
Twin Cities

Award Year
2024
University Award
McKnight Presidential Fellow Award
Research Title
Synthetic cell engineering

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Kate Adamala is a biochemist working on engineering synthetic cells. Her research aims at understanding chemical principles of biology, using artificial cells to create new tools for bioengineering, drug development, and basic research. Kate’s research spans questions from the origin and earliest evolution of life, using synthetic biology to colonize space, to the future of biotechnology and medicine.
Kate also works on biosafety and biosecurity implications of synthetic biology. She is a Polymath Fellow of the Geneva Center for Security Policy, and a coordinator of the international synthetic cell engineering community Build-a-Cell.