Read about Drew Endy, Ph.D., in the March 2007 issue.
Formerly at MIT, now at Stanford University
Palo Alto, CA
Drew Endy is fascinated with the nuts and bolts of living things. To him, biological materials and organisms aren't all that different from engine parts. Not because of what they're made of, he says, but because of what they can do.
He blends engineering, biology and computer programming to find out how life works and how we can make it work for us. The sheer capacity for innovation in biology is what makes it so cool to him.