Dr. Todd Kuiken is a Senior Research Scholar with the Genetic Engineering and Society Center at NC State University where he explores the scientific and technological frontier, stimulating discovery and bringing new tools to bear on public policy challenges that emerge as science advances. He previously was the principal investigator on the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Synthetic Biology Project. He has numerous projects evaluating and designing new research and governance strategies to proactively address the biosafety, biosecurity and environmental opportunities/risks associated with emerging genetic technologies; including a project to ensure safety and security within the rapidly expanding community of amateur biologists and the growing network of community laboratories and maker spaces. Dr. Kuiken is a member of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity Ad-Hoc Technical Expert Group on Synthetic Biology. He has also worked with the United Nations Treaty for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture to assess whether de-materialization and digitization of data will affect the structure, function and viability of the Treaty. He is also a member of the executive committee on human practices for the International Genetically Engineered Machines competition and a founding member of its biosafety/biosecurity committee. He received a B.S. in Environmental Management and Technology at Rochester Institute of Technology, an M.A. in Environmental and Resource Policy from The George Washington University and earned his Ph.D. from Tennessee Tech University where his research focused on the air/surface exchange of mercury associated with forest ecosystems.

Works (42)

2020 journal article

Bioengineering horizon scan 2020

ELIFE, 9.

By: L. Kemp, L. Adam, C. Boehm, R. Breitling, R. Casagrande, M. Dando, A. Djikeng, N. Evans ...

Sources: Web Of Science, ORCID
Added: June 22, 2020

2020 journal article

Scenario analysis on the use of rodenticides and sex-biasing gene drives for the removal of invasive house mice on islands

Biological Invasions.

Source: ORCID
Added: January 7, 2020

2019 journal article

A potential new tool for the toolbox: assessing gene drives for eradicating invasive rodent populations

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By: K. Campbell, J. Saah, P. Brown, J. Godwin, G. Howald, A. Piaggio, P. Thomas, D. Tompkins ...

Source: ORCID
Added: June 7, 2019

2019 journal article

Articulating ‘free, prior and informed consent’ (FPIC) for engineered gene drives

Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences.

Source: ORCID
Added: January 7, 2020

2019 journal article

Developing a Comprehensive, Adaptive, and International Biosafety and Biosecurity Program for Advanced Biotechnology: The iGEM Experience

Applied Biosafety.

Source: ORCID
Added: September 9, 2019

2019 report

Genetic frontiers for conservation: an assessment of synthetic biology and biodiversity conservation: technical assessment

In [].

Source: ORCID
Added: February 24, 2020

2019 journal article

Synthetic Biology and the United Nations

Trends in Biotechnology.

Source: ORCID
Added: August 8, 2019

2017 journal article

A transatlantic perspective on 20 emerging issues in biological engineering

ELife, 6.

By: B. Wintle, C. Boehm, C. Rhodes, J. Molloy, P. Millett, L. Adam, R. Breitling, R. Carlson ...

Sources: NC State University Libraries, ORCID
Added: August 6, 2018

2017 report

Potential Implications of New Synthetic Biology and Genomic Research Trajectories on the International Treaty for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

In International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture .

Source: ORCID
Added: December 6, 2018

2017 book

Vigilante environmentalism: Are gene drives changing how we value and govern ecosystems?

In Gene Editing, Law, and the Environment: Life Beyond the Human (pp. 95–112).

By: T. Kuiken

Source: ORCID
Added: December 6, 2018

2016 journal article

Governance: Learn from DIY biologists

Nature, 531(7593), 167–168.

By: T. Kuiken

Source: ORCID
Added: December 6, 2018

2016 book

Nanomedicine: Ethical considerations

In Handbook of Clinical Nanomedicine: Law, Business, Regulation, Safety, and Risk (Vol. 2, pp. 1031–1055).

By: T. Kuiken

Source: ORCID
Added: December 6, 2018

2016 dataset

Nanotechnology in the real world: Redeveloping the nanomaterial consumer products inventory

Nano Online.

By: M. Vance, T. Kuiken, E. Vejerano & S. McGinnis

Source: ORCID
Added: December 6, 2018

2016 journal article

The genome project-write we need technology and an ethical framework for genome-scale engineering

Science, 353(6295), 126–127.

By: J. Boeke, G. Church, A. Hessel, N. Kelley, A. Arkin, Y. Cai, R. Carlson, A. Chakravarti ...

Source: ORCID
Added: December 6, 2018

2015 journal article

Nanotechnology in the real world: Redeveloping the nanomaterial consumer products inventory

Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology, 6(1), 1769–1780.

By: M. Vance, T. Kuiken, E. Vejerano, S. McGinnis, M. Hochella, D. Rejeski, M. Hull

Source: ORCID
Added: December 6, 2018

2015 book

Public's Understanding, Perceptions, and Acceptance of Nanotechnology through the Lens of Consumer Products

In Nanoengineering: Global Approaches to Health and Safety Issues (pp. 151–171).

By: T. Kuiken, M. Quadros, S. McGinnis & M. Hull

Source: ORCID
Added: December 6, 2018

2015 journal article

Shaping the future of synthetic biology

Science, 348(6232), 296.

By: T. Kuiken

Source: ORCID
Added: December 6, 2018

2014 journal article

BIOTECHNOLOGY Regulating gene drives

Science, 345(6197), 626–628.

By: K. Oye, K. Esvelt, E. Appleton, F. Catteruccia, G. Church, T. Kuiken, S. Lightfoot, J. McNamara, A. Smidler, J. Collins

Source: ORCID
Added: December 6, 2018

2014 journal article

Shaping ecological risk research for synthetic biology

Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, 4(3), 191–199.

By: T. Kuiken, G. Dana, K. Oye & D. Rejeski

Source: ORCID
Added: December 6, 2018

2013 book

Converging technologies for a smarter health and wellness future

In ICTs and the Health Sector: Towards Smarter Health and Wellness Models (Vol. 9789264202863, pp. 159–177).

By: T. Kuiken

Source: ORCID
Added: December 6, 2018

2013 journal article

DIYbio: Low Risk, High Potential

Scientist, 27(3), 26–27.

By: T. Kuiken

Source: ORCID
Added: December 6, 2018

2012 journal article

Four steps to avoid a synthetic-biology disaster

Nature, 483(7387), 29.

By: G. Dana, T. Kuiken, D. Rejeski & A. Snow

Source: ORCID
Added: December 6, 2018

2012 journal article

Synthetic biology: Four steps to avoid a synthetic-biology disaster

By: G. Dana, T. Kuiken, D. Rejeski & A. Snow

Source: ORCID
Added: December 6, 2018

2011 journal article

Nanomedicine and ethics: is there anything new or unique?

Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews-Nanomedicine and Nanobiotechnology, 3(2), 111–118.

By: T. Kuiken

Source: ORCID
Added: December 6, 2018

2011 journal article

Nanotechnology and in situ remediation: A review of the benefits and potential risks,A nanotecnologia e a remediação in situ: Uma revisão dos benefícios e riscos em potencial

Ciencia e Saude Coletiva, 16(1), 165–178.

By: B. Karn, T. Kuiken & M. Otto

Source: ORCID
Added: December 6, 2018

2011 journal article

Nanotechnology and in situ remediation: a review of the benefits and potential risks

Ciência & Saúde Coletiva, 16(1), 165–178.

By: B. Karn, T. Kuiken & M. Otto

Source: ORCID
Added: December 6, 2018

2010 journal article

Cleaning up contaminated waste sites: Is nanotechnology the answer?

Nano Today, 5(1), 6–8.

By: T. Kuiken

Source: ORCID
Added: December 6, 2018

2010 journal article

International viewpoint and news

Environmental Earth Sciences, 60(4), 903–907.

By: T. Kuiken

Source: ORCID
Added: December 6, 2018

2010 journal article

International viewpoint and news

Environmental Earth Sciences, 60(6), 1349–1351.

By: T. Kuiken

Source: ORCID
Added: December 6, 2018

2009 journal article

Application of a Rule-Based Model to Estimate Mercury Exchange for Three Background Biomes in the Continental United States

Environmental Science & Technology, 43(13), 4989–4994.

By: J. Hartman, P. Weisberg, R. Pillai, J. Ericksen, T. Kuiken, S. Lindberg, H. Zhang, J. Rytuba, M. Gustin

Source: ORCID
Added: December 6, 2018

2009 journal article

Nanotechnology and in Situ Remediation: A Review of the Benefits and Potential Risks

Environmental Health Perspectives, 117(12), 1823–1831.

By: B. Karn, T. Kuiken & M. Otto

Source: ORCID
Added: December 6, 2018

2008 journal article

Mercury emission from terrestrial background surfaces in the eastern USA. II: Air/surface exchange of mercury within forests from South Carolina to New England

Applied Geochemistry, 23(3), 356–368.

By: T. Kuiken, M. Gustin, H. Zhang, S. Lindberg & B. Sedinger

Source: ORCID
Added: December 6, 2018

2008 journal article

Mercury emission from terrestrial background surfaces in the eastern USA. Part I: Air/surface exchange of mercury within a southeastern deciduous forest (Tennessee) over one year

Applied Geochemistry, 23(3), 345–355.

By: T. Kuiken, H. Zhang, M. Gustin & S. Lindberg

Source: ORCID
Added: December 6, 2018

2008 journal article

Mysterious diel cycles of mercury emission from soils held in the dark at constant temperature

Atmospheric Environment, 42(21), 5424–5433.

By: H. Zhang, S. Lindberg & T. Kuiken

Source: ORCID
Added: December 6, 2018

2006 journal article

Change of dissolved gaseous mercury concentrations in a southern reservoir lake (Tennessee) following seasonal variation of solar radiation

Environmental Science & Technology, 40(7), 2114–2119.

By: H. Zhang, C. Dill, T. Kuiken, M. Ensor & W. Crocker

Source: ORCID
Added: December 6, 2018

2006 journal article

Diurnal variation of dissolved gaseous mercury (DGM) levels in a southern reservoir lake (Tennessee, USA) in relation to solar radiation

Science of the Total Environment, 357(1-3), 176–193.

By: C. Dill, T. Kuiken, H. Zhang & M. Ensor

Source: ORCID
Added: December 6, 2018

2005 journal article

Airborne emissions of mercury from municipal solid waste. I: New measurements from six operating landfills in Florida

Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association, 55(7), 859–869.

By: S. Lindberg, G. Southworth, M. Bogle, T. Blasing, J. Owens, K. Roy, H. Zhang, T. Kuiken ...

Source: ORCID
Added: December 6, 2018

2005 journal article

Airborne emissions of mercury from municipal solid waste. II: Potential losses of airborne mercury before landfill

Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association, 55(7), 870–877.

By: G. Southworth, S. Lindberg, M. Bogle, H. Zhang, T. Kuiken, J. Price, D. Reinhart, H. Sfeir

Source: ORCID
Added: December 6, 2018

2005 journal article

Aquatic photochemokinetic rates of production and loss of dissolved gaseous mercury (DGM) in a southern reservoir lake of Tennessee.

Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society, 229, U896.

By: H. Zhang, T. Kuiken, C. Dill & M. Ensor

Source: ORCID
Added: December 6, 2018

2002 journal article

Dynamic flux chamber measurement of gaseous mercury emission fluxes over soils. Part 1: Simulation of gaseous mercury emissions from soils using a two-resistance exchange interface model

Atmospheric Environment, 36(5), 835–846.

By: S. Lindberg, H. Zhang, A. Vette, M. Gustin, M. Barnett & T. Kuiken

Source: ORCID
Added: December 6, 2018

2002 journal article

Dynamic flux chamber measurement of gaseous mercury emission fluxes over soils: Part 2 - effect of flushing flow rate and verification of a two-resistance exchange interface simulation model

Atmospheric Environment, 36(5), 847–859.

By: S. Lindberg, H. Zhang, A. Vette, M. Gustin, M. Barnett & T. Kuiken

Source: ORCID
Added: December 6, 2018

2001 journal article

Photochemical production of dissolved gaseous mercury in freshwater: The role of Fe(III).

Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society, 222, U430.

By: H. Zhang, S. Lindberg, T. Kuiken & J. Nriagu

Source: ORCID
Added: December 6, 2018

Employment

2016 - present

North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC, US
Senior Research Scholar Genetic Engineering & Society Center

2008 - 2016

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Washington, DC, US
Senior Associate Science and Technology Innovation Program

2003 - 2007

Tennessee Technological University Cookeville, TN, US
Graduate Research Assistant Center for the Management, Utilization and Protection of Water Resources

2002 - 2003

National Wildlife Federation Reston, VA, US

1999 - 2001

Oak Ridge National Laboratory Oak Ridge, TN, US
Research associate Environmental Science Division

Education

2003 - 2007

Tennessee Technological University Cookeville, TN, US
Ph.D. Environmental Science

2001 - 2003

George Washington University Washington, DC, US
master of arts Environmental Resource Policy

1995 - 2000

Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY, US
Bachelor of Science Environmental Management and Technology

Funding History

Funding history based on the linked ORCID record.

grant January 1, 2017 - January 1, 2019
Qualitative evaluations of the DIY biosafety and biosecurity landscape
Open Philanthropy Project Fund
grant January 1, 2016 - January 1, 2018
Facilitating interaction between the emerging 'makers in biology' ecosystem and formal regulatory institutions to ensure safe, responsible innovation
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
grant June 1, 2013 - December 31, 2014
Creating A Research Agenda for the Ecological Implications of Synthetic Biology
Directorate for Biological Sciences