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.