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How Patrick Boyle went from small-town Alaska to the Head of Biological Engineering at Ginkgo Bioworks, and why he wants to retire on Mars.

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Patrick wants to retire on Mars. Talk about a great line for what you’re goals are in life! In order to get to Mars thought, we need more than just rockets and metal — we need the ability to engineer and sustain life both on the ship and when on the Martian surface. So until we actually start heading to Mars, Patrick spends his time as a leader in the wildly successful synthetic biology company, Ginkgo Bioworks.

Today, we get to sit down and discuss how Patrick grew up in rural Alaska and ended up in Boston as a biological engineer. He’s had a phenomenal career ranging from MIT and Harvard, to startups and working closely with the government on issues related to pandemics and biosecurity. He even says his life from the Yukon River Delta has prepared him for retirement on Mars. …


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Have you ever taught the first grade? How about over video conference? Our teachers deserve medals of honor for their service.

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We’re all tired of Zoom meetings, but can you imagine being in 1st grade and trying to learn everything?! Today I get to chat with one of my favorite people, my sister Angie Titus, who is a 1st-grade teacher and is now in the tough place of teaching our future scientists and engineers in the middle of the pandemic.

Angie’s always poured her heart and soul into her teaching, but now she’s working to teach equity and inclusion, group dynamics, how to share, and how to read and do math, all while asking 6-year olds to sit still at a computer screen. …


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Ian Simon has worked in Korea, on the Hill, and in the White House, where he bring virology into the policy world

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Today I get to have a great conversation with Ian Simon, a virologist turned science policy guru who has worked around the world to improve the way policymakers think about science and technology. Right after finishing grad school, Ian found himself plunging feet first into the world of Korean science, but he approached it with full force.

A whirlwind of time on the Hill and working to support the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy (OSTP) later, we sit down to talk about always taking the opportunity to say yes, and how he ended up an elected official representing 2,000 citizens of Washington, DC. …

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Alexander Titus

Founder of Bioeconomy.XYZ // Tech Exec // I rode my bike 3k+ miles from the Arctic Circle to Silicon Valley // Tweets @1AlexanderTitus

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