Join the Institute for Carbon Removal Law & Policy in a discussion with experts from the Innovative Genomics Institute at UC Berkeley.
About this event
All three of the top GHGs (carbon dioxide, methane & nitrous oxide) are cycled biologically, either actively generated or metabolized by plants & microbes. Due to recent breakthroughs in biotechnology, such as CRISPR-Cas genome editing, scientists can unlock & leverage the biological code to drive increased photosynthesis & carbon & nitrogen fixation.
Join the Institute for Carbon Removal Law & Policy in a discussion with experts from the Innovative Genomics Institute at the University of California, Berkeley on the use of modern molecular & genomic technologies to develop climate-friendly, inexpensive, crop & soil amendments that dramatically increase the potential to store atmospheric carbon in biomass & minimize the release of GHGs back into the environment. The webinar will also focus on the ethical, governance & public perception issues that arise when scaling new technologies of this nature.
Dr. Melinda Kliegman is the Director of Public Impact at The Innovative Genomics Institute at the University of California, Berkeley. The mission of the IGI is to bridge revolutionary genome-editing tool development to affordable & accessible solutions in human health, climate, & agriculture. As the Director of Public Impact, a new role at the IGI, Melinda will play an important part in growing & realizing this mission. Melinda holds a Ph.D. in Biology from Stanford University. She is joining the IGI from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the world's largest philanthropic organization, where she was a Fellow in Global Policy & Advocacy. For the Gates Foundation, Melinda was a scientific advisor focused on implementing new areas of work, which included developing a policy & advocacy strategy for the use of genome editing in agriculture & for human health applications.
Dr. Brad Ringeisen is the Executive Director at The Innovative Genomics Institute at the University of California, Berkeley. Brad is joining the IGI after four years at DARPA, most recently in the role of Director of the Biological Technologies Office, where he managed a division working at the cutting edges of biology, physical sciences & engineering. Brad's office overlapped with IGI on several occasions, on the Safe Genes program, which works to develop safe & more precise genome editing tools while preventing misuse of the technology, as well as IGI's research into innovative solutions to mitigate acute radiation sickness.
Dr. Wil Burns is the Co-Director for the Institute of Carbon Removal Law & Policy. His current areas of research focus are climate geoengineering; international climate change litigation; adaptation strategies to address climate change, with a focus on the potential role of micro-insurance; & the effectiveness of the European Union's Emissions Trading System. He has published over 80 articles & chapters in law, science, & policy journals & books & has co-edited four books.