Jeff Nivala is a Research Assistant Professor in the Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington. He works closely with other faculty, students, and scientists as co-director of the Molecular Information Systems Lab. His scientific interests are focused on technology development with molecular and synthetic biology. His post-doctoral work was performed in George Church’s lab at Harvard Medical School. He was a graduate student fellow of the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3) as a PhD student in the UCSC Nanopore Group with Mark Akeson, and a Washington Research Foundation Fellow in David Baker’s lab during his undergraduate work at the University of Washington.