Kevin Michael Esvelt, Ph.D.
|Title||Research Associate at the Wyss Institute|
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Boston MA 02115
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A Technology Development Fellow of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, Kevin is a co-developer of the CRISPR/Cas9 system for targeted genome editing and regulation. In 2014, he described how we might use CRISPR to build RNA-guided gene drives capable of spreading genomic alterations through wild populations. This may enable a new form of ecosystem management, offering new ways to tackle diseases spread by insect vectors, evolved pesticide and herbicide resistance, and environmentally damaging invasive species. Current research interests include building safeguards for the responsible development of gene drives, exploring methods of stably altering the composition of microbial communities, and researching new tools and strategies for evolutionary engineering.
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