About



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My name is Dr. Josiah Zayner (really Dr.? yeah I know seems pretentious) and I am the Founder and CEO of The ODIN, a company whose goal is to make consumer synthetic biology products.

I received my Ph.D. from the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics at the University of Chicago in 2013. I started in on Science and Technology in my late teens, teaching myself computer programming and networking. At the age of 19, I received a job with Motorola as a Network Engineer and Programmer for their iDEN cell phone network. It was a pretty fun and interesting time. However, in the early 2000s I was laid off when the tech bubble burst. That sucked. No severance either. Everyone told me to stay in tech and that I didn't need to goto college but I did anyway (You can't tell me what to do) and ended up with a B.A. in Plant Biology from Southern Illinois University and an M.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology from Appalachian State, where I spent lots of time rock climbing(I really enjoy bouldering). For my Ph.D., I studied how light activated proteins function thermodyamically(if you are interested in that sort of thing you can find my papers here) and how to develop them as optogenetic tools. Like all Ph.D.s I worked too hard and drank too much. It was the best of times and the motha fucking darkest times in my life. I decided not to do a real Post Doc after my Ph.D. and instead wrote a ridiculous fellowship application about using synthetic biology to help us colonize Mars and it worked as I was invited to be a visiting Research Scientist at NASA in their Synthetic Biology Program. I left in 2016 because I couldn't deal with how everything was run. I think they couldn't deal with me either. Now, I am living the life of a Biohacker, engineering organisms at home and at local biohackerspaces. I also run an online Biohacking supply store The ODIN. I am an amateur linguist and a self-taught highly mediocre computer programmer and electrical engineer. I even wrote a slightly useful piece of software for firewall testing and network troubleshooting called IP Sorcery. Definitely, my claim to fame… Or maybe it was the first biotech musical instrument the Chromochord. Or even The ILIAD project or my CRISPR Kits... or my microbiome transplant Maybe... I also sometimes work on Speculative Science projects, creating functional prototypes of future technologies that some people view as Art. One of these projects is with Lynn Hershman, titled The Infinity Engine which is being hosted in museums around the world.


You can check out my Curriculum Vita here

My twitter is 4LOVofScience
Email: case@the-odin.com