Anne Madden

Anne A. Madden, Ph.D., is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Microbiologist) in the lab of Rob Dunn at North Carolina State University and CSO 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 has held numerous 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.

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 microorganisms. Her work has led to the discovery of a new fungal species, novel antibiotics, patented brewing technology, new DNA based methods for detecting arthropod communities, commercially available products for the food and beverage industry, 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 transdisciplinary 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. 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 international TED conference in 2017, as well as presenting at TEDx Charlotte, the World Beer Festival, Story Collider, multiple museums, international industry and scientific conferences on three continents, and in classrooms across the USA.the  international TED conference in 2017, as well as presenting at TEDx Charlotte, the World Beer Festival, Story Collider, multiple museums, international industry and 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.

More information for Dr. Madden can be found at www.AnneAMadden.com

Anne A. Madden, Ph.D., is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Microbiologist) in the lab of Rob Dunn at North Carolina State University and CSO 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 has held numerous 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.

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 microorganisms. Her work has led to the discovery of a new fungal species, novel antibiotics, patented brewing technology, new DNA based methods for detecting arthropod communities, commercially available products for the food and beverage industry, 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 transdisciplinary 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. 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 international TED conference in 2017, as well as presenting at TEDx Charlotte, the World Beer Festival, Story Collider, multiple museums, international industry and scientific conferences on three continents, and in classrooms across the USA.the  international TED conference in 2017, as well as presenting at TEDx Charlotte, the World Beer Festival, Story Collider, multiple museums, international industry and 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.

More information for Dr. Madden can be found at www.AnneAMadden.com