President and Co-Founder, Genspace
2017 Speaker

Brooklyn, NY

Ellen Jorgensen is co-founder and president of Genspace, a nonprofit community laboratory dedicated to promoting citizen science and access to biotechnology. In 2011 she initiated Genspace’s award-winning curriculum of informal science education for adults, and in 2014 Genspace was named one of the world's Top 10 Innovative Companies in Education by Fast Company magazine. Jorgensen’s efforts to develop Genspace into a haven for entrepreneurship, innovation and citizen science have been chronicled by Nature Medicine, Science, Discover magazine, Wired, Make, BBC News, The Economist, Forbes, PBS News Hour, the Discovery Channel and the New York Times. Jorgensen has a PhD in molecular biology from New York University, spent 30 years in the biotech industry, and is currently adjunct faculty at the School of Visual Arts and Cooper Union. She is a SynbioLEAP Fellow and a graduate of THNK, the Amsterdam School of Creative Leadership. Her two TED talks, "Biohacking—You Can Do It, Too" at TEDGlobal 2012 and "What You Need to Know About CRISPR" at TEDSummit 2016, have received over two million views. FastCompany magazine just named her one of the Most Creative People in Business. She is currently co-authoring a soon-to-be-published book on how to be a biohacker, Hacking DNA.