Daniel Gibson is an Assistant Professor in the Synthetic Biology and Bioenergy Department at the JCVI, and is involved in the Institute’s efforts to synthesize a bacterial cell from scratch. He is pioneering techniques that will be instrumental to the synthetic biology field including the development of robust protocols for the assembly of overlapping DNA fragments into genome-size pieces.

Prior to joining the JCVI, Dan earned his Ph.D. in molecular biology from the University of Southern California. While there, he studied surveillance mechanisms known as "checkpoints", which are significant in our understanding of cancer development. Before earning his Ph.D., he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He joined the JCVI in 2004 and is where he began his Post-Doctoral studies.