Anne A. Madden, Ph.D.
Scientist, Explorer, Inventor.
Anne A. Madden, Ph.D., is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the lab of Rob Dunn at North Carolina State University and Partner at the brewing yeast company Lachancea LLC. In addition to her academic research she is a public speaker and frequently consults as a technology and communications strategist for various industries.
Dr. Madden received her Ph.D. in biology from Tufts University, and her undergraduate degree from Wellesley College. She is a former Alfred P. Sloan Microbiology of the Built Environment Postdoctoral Fellow in the lab of Noah Fierer, a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, a Tufts Institute of the Environment Fellow, and an American Philosophical Society Lewis and Clark Fellow.
Dr. Madden’s research focuses on understanding microbial communities–in the diverse habitats of food, insects, and built environments–and deciphering the human applications of these microbes. Her work has led to the discovery of a new fungal species, novel antibiotics, patented brewing technology, commercially produced beer, new DNA based methods for detecting arthropod communities, commercially available yeast for new bread traits, and a greater understanding of the microbial life around us. Her current work involves understanding how ‘wild’ microorganisms can produce improved food and beverages. She is also working on various design projects related to microorganisms.
Her research has been mentioned by various media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, National Geographic, PBS News Hour, Newsweek, and Scientific American.
Always straddling the academic and private-sectors, Dr. Madden is a former microbiologist at the pharmaceutical company Novobiotic Pharmaceuticals LLC, and frequently consults as a technology strategist for various industries. She publishes in peer-reviewed journals and has been a contributor to various popular science blogs. She is a public and keynote speaker, having presented alongside Elon Musk and the Pope at the 2017 international TED conference, as well as presenting at TEDx Charlotte, the World Beer Festival, Story Collider, multiple museums, international scientific conferences on three continents, and in classrooms across the USA.
When not wrangling microorganisms, or working hip-deep in DNA sequences, she can be found motorcycling through the streets of Boston, or wearing inappropriately tall stilettos in labs. Arguably, she has some of the most famous hair in science.
**((Photo Credits: Header: Smith&Nasht, Ad Madden, AAM, Ad Madden, AAM with assistance from the Center for Nanofabrication at CU Boulder. Images can only be used with explicit written permission. ))**
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Labs I work in – Webpages: robdunnlab.com