Dr. Christian Sund joined DARPA as a Program Manager in June 2018 to focus on developing novel technologies that harness the interplay between microbiomes and their host materials or organisms. His research interests include synthetic biology, systems biology, molecular biology, microbial physiology, and microbial ecology.
Prior to joining DARPA, Dr. Sund served as the Bio-Systems team lead at the
U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL). At ARL, he focused on repurposing waste
and indigenous materials to reduce logistics loads. This work included
studies of electron-transfer from microorganisms to solid-state electrodes
to produce power in microbial fuel cells. More recently, he used systems
biology, computational biology, and classical molecular biology techniques
to understand how carbohydrates in food waste are degraded and assimilated
into the central metabolism.
Dr. Sund earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Virginia
Commonwealth University, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Microbiology
and Immunology from East Carolina University.
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