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Gene editing, longer life and deep tech: Meet our first three science speakers

We’ve got an inspiring roster of speakers lined up for this year’s me Convention, and we can’t keep the news to ourselves any longer! So please join us in welcoming the first three: Samuel Sternberg, Aubrey de Grey and Gemma Milne. These experts (and many others) will take us deep into the latest developments coming out of science labs and reveal how they can contribute to better future, plus challenge us to think critically about the social and ethical side of new innovations.

Get to know our Samuel, Aubrey and Gemma:

Samuel Sternberg
Samuel Sternberg


Biochemist & CRISPR Expert, Columbia University

Samuel Sternberg, PhD, runs a research laboratory at Columbia University, where he is an
assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics. He
received his B.A. from Columbia University in 2007, graduating summa cum laude, and his
PhD in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley. He earned graduate student
fellowships from the National Science Foundation and the Department of Defense.
Sam’s research focuses on RNA-guided bacterial immune systems (CRISPR-Cas) and on
the development of these systems for genome engineering. In addition to publishing his
work in leading scientific journals, he recently co-authored a popular science trade book
together with Jennifer Doudna, entitled A Crack in Creation, about the discovery,
development, and applications of gene-editing technology. Their book has been published
in over a dozen foreign languages, including German (Eingriff in die Evolution), and was a
finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.
Aubrey de Grey
Aubrey de Grey


Anti-Aging Pioneer / Chief Science Officer & Co-Founder, SENS Research Foundation

Dr. Aubrey de Grey is a biomedical gerontologist based in Mountain View, California, USA, and is the Chief Science Officer of SENS Research Foundation, a biomedical research charity that performs and funds laboratory research dedicated to combating aging. He is also VP of New Technology Discovery at AgeX Therapeutics, a biotechnology startup developing new therapies in the field of biomedical gerontology.

He received his BA in computer science and PhD in biology from the University of Cambridge. His research interests encompass the characterization of all the types of self-inflicted cellular and molecular damage that constitute mammalian aging and the design of interventions to repair and/or prevent that damage. Dr. de Grey is a Fellow of both the Gerontological Society of America and the American Aging Association, and sits on the editorial and scientific advisory boards of numerous journals and organizations.

Link: https://www.sens.org/

Gemma Milne
Gemma Milne

Stage host

Technology & Science Writer / Co-Founder, Science Disrupt

Gemma Milne is a Science & Technology Writer covering all things deep tech, including biotech, advanced computing, space, energy and innovation in academia, for titles such as Forbes, the BBC, CNBC, the Guardian, and Quartz. She is also Co-Host of Science: Disrupt – a podcast interviewing the innovators, iconoclasts and entrepreneurs creating change in science.

As a deep tech consultant, Gemma is an Expert Advisor for the European Commission and Innovate UK, and a Scout for Backed VC. Gemma is also an Innovation Jury Member for SXSW and a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, and she is currently writing her first book on hype and idealism in science and tech.

Link: https://www.gemmamilne.co.uk/

Disclaimer: The views of me Convention speakers do not necessarily reflect the opinions of either Mercedes-Benz and/or SXSW.