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 (professional public speaker, educator, & exhibit producer), and as an innovation and engagement strategist (private consulting and building microbial pipelines for various industries).
Dr. Madden’s research has lead to the discovery of novel microbial species, newly characterized antibiotics, and microbes from wasps that have lead to improved fermentation products around the world. She 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 key discoveries and commercial products across biotechnology, agriculture technology, and food and beverage technology industries. She is a five-time TED/TEDx speaker, founder of the science communication effort “The Microbe Hat Project,” and works with diverse artists, scientists, designers, and educators to engage the public in the awe of the microbial world. She is the technology cofounder of Lachancea LLC, a former Director at Indigo Ag, and a former microbiologist at Novobiotic Pharmaceuticals. She received her B.A. from Wellesley College and Ph.D. from Tufts University after which she completed postdoctoral training at the University of Colorado, Boulder and North Carolina State University. She is currently a freelance microbial innovation and engagement consultant, public speaker, and Chief Scientific Officer at Lachancea LLC.
Welcome to the biological cosmos. This is where our adventure begins