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Harness Biological Systems

Leveraging genetic technologies to engineer synthetic or natural organisms

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The Synergistic Discovery and Design (SD2) program aims to develop data-driven methods to accelerate scientific discovery and robust design in domains that lack complete models. Engineers regularly use high-fidelity simulations to create robust designs in complex domains such as aeronautics, automobiles, and integrated circuits. In contrast, robust design remains elusive in domains such as synthetic biology, neuro-computation, and polymer chemistry due to the lack of high-fidelity models. SD2 seeks to develop tools to enable robust design despite the lack of complete scientific models.
Program Manager
Dr. Anne Cheever joined DARPA as a program manager in August 2020. She is interested in novel approaches to biosecurity, as well as the use of bioengineering, bioinformatics, and genome editing technologies for innovative biotechnological applications.
Acting Deputy Director
Dr. Blake Bextine joined DARPA as a Program Manager in March 2016. He is interested in novel approaches to addressing issues facing agricultural biotechnology and biosecurity, including nucleic acid-based anti-pathogen/anti-pest strategies, insect and plant transformation strategies for rapid trait selection, and innovative approaches for altering insect behaviors.
Deputy Director
Dr. Jennifer Roberts was named Deputy Director of the Information Innovation Office (I2O) in November 2019, after serving as a program manager in I2O since 2015. Roberts works with I2O program managers in the development of programs, technologies, and capabilities to ensure information advantage for the U.S. and its allies, and coordinates this work across the Department of Defense and U.S. government. While serving as a program manager role, her principal research interests included scalable analytics and machine learning algorithms that yield insights to human users across multiple military missions and applications.
Acting Office Director
Dr. Kerri Dugan joined DARPA as the deputy director of the Biological Technologies Office in August 2019.