Dr. Justin Gallivan




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DARPA, Biological Technologies Office (BTO)

Dr. Justin Gallivan

Dr. Justin Gallivan has been a Program Manager in the Biological Technologies Office since 2014. He is interested in many facets of synthetic biology, including engineering microbial communities to produce small molecules or to prevent disease, reprogramming multicellular organisms to perform complex tasks, and creating living materials capable of self-repair.


Prior to coming to DARPA, Dr. Gallivan was an Associate Professor and a Winship Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Emory University. At Emory, he led an internationally recognized research program in RNA-based synthetic biology.


Dr. Gallivan earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1994) and a Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology (2000), where he later completed a National Institutes of Health National Research Service Award postdoctoral fellowship. He has been a Fellow of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar, a Beckman Young Investigator and a PopTech Science and Public Leadership Fellow.