Dr. Madden’s mission is to reveal the utility and relevance of the microorganisms around us.
She does this as an award-winning research scientist (in academia and industry), a science communicator (educator, exhibit producer, and 5-time TED speaker), and an innovation and engagement strategist (private consultant for leading universities and companies).
Blending childlike wonder with the acumen of a distinguished science and business strategist, Dr. Madden delights in not only exploring the world for new microbes, but in finding unique ways these creatures can make our lives better.
Her work has lead to pioneering discoveries and commercial products across biotechnology, agriculture technology, and food and beverage technology industries.
Dr. Madden’s is Founder and Executive Director of The Microbe Institute, a global organization dedicated to revealing the value of microbes through education, art, and discovery initiatives. She is Chief Scientific Officer and technology Cofounder at the biotechnology company Lachancea LLC, she consults through her company Imnovation Consulting, and is currently leading research efforts at North Carolina State University where she is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the department of Applied Ecology.
Welcome to the biological cosmos. This is where our adventure begins