Josiah Zayner

Josiah Zayner received his Ph.D in molecular biophysics from the University of Chicago and currently works as a Research Fellow at NASA, where he engineers bacteria for in situ resource utilization and sustainability in long-term space exploration and colonization. He has a number of scientific publications and awards for his work on protein engineering and is also the recipient of art awards for creating speculative science works, including the Chromocord, the first-ever bioelectronic musical instrument. Josiah is also the creator of the ILIAD Project, a citizen science search for natural antibiotics, and the founder and CEO of the Open Discovery Institute (ODIN), DIY science’s first store. He enjoys whiskey and Red Bull, sometimes together. His work has been featured in Scientific American, Popular Science, Businessweek, and NPR.