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Anne A. Madden, Ph.D.

Scientist, Inventor, Science Communicator.

Anne A. Madden, Ph.D., (wikipedia page) is a microbiologist, inventor, and science communicator. She is Partner at the biotechnology company Lachancea LLC and Director of Scientific Communications for Indigo Ag, Inc. She is a former Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the lab of Rob Dunn at North Carolina State University and the lab of Noah Fierer at the University of Colorado, Boulder. In addition to her academic research she is a public speaker (three time TED/TEDx speaker) and frequently consults as a technology and communications strategist for various industries.
AnneMadden22Dr. Madden received her Ph.D. in biology from Tufts University, and her undergraduate degree from Wellesley College. She has held many prestigious fellowships including an Alfred P. Sloan Microbiology of the Built Environment Postdoctoral Fellowship, a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, a Tufts Institute of the Environment Fellowship, and an American Philosophical Society Lewis and Clark Fellowship. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi (the international research society), and a brain trust member of the Helena Group Foundation.

Dr. Madden’s research and communications focus 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, licensed technology for the manufacturing of improved breads, and a greater understanding of the microbial life around us.


TED (2017) TED/Bret Hartman

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, frequently consults as a technology strategist for various industries, and collaborates with academic researchers, designers, and artists. 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, TEDx Gateway (India’s largest TEDx), the World Beer Festival, The Year of the X Innovation conference, Story Collider, Oxford University, Harvard University, workshops at TED 2018, and in classrooms and museums across the USA. She was recently featured in the award-winning film “The Kingdom: How Fungi Made our World.”


PBS NewsHour

When not wrangling microorganisms, or communicating the , 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. Her hair is currently in the collections of museums on two continents.

**(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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