Thomas Landrain

Thomas is the co-founder and president of the nonprofit organization “La Paillasse” in Paris, one of the world’s largest community laboratories, commonly called hackerspaces, that foster open access and open source biotechnologies. He is an active member of the Do-it-yourself Biology (DIYbio) community, organizing the launch of DIYbio Europe, and working regularly as one of its spokespersons. Convinced that the 21st century will be the century of biotechnologies, he has been focusing on making biology more accessible to use as a technology for citizens and amateurs, developing cheap genetic diagnostic and creative use of biomaterials. He is currently finishing his Synthetic Biology PhD studies at iSSB, a CNRS-Genopole research institution, where he’s been busy creating new methodologies for the design of synthetic RNA networks that perform as logic gates in living cells.