Dr. Brad Zamft

Dr. Brad Zamft

Project Lead, Google X

Brad Zamft is currently the project lead on an early-stage project at X working at the intersection of ML, agriculture, and sustainability. Prior to his work at X he served as the Chief Scientific Officer of TL Biolabs – a startup aimed at DNA diagnostics for the cattle industry.

Before joining TL Biolabs, Brad worked at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as a Program Officer and Fellow. He led the Foundation’s partnership with the National Natural Science Foundation of China, ran grants on synthetic-biology based drug discovery, and initiated and developed a bacteriophage program.

Before working at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Brad was a fellow at the US Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E). There he served as a technical advisor for the PETRO program, which aimed to engineer plants to directly produce drop-in compatible biofuels, and helped develop the TERRA program, which aimed to accelerate plant breeding via interdisciplinary research in robotics, bioinformatics, computational biology, remote sensing, phenomics, and agriculture.

Brad received his PhD in Physics from the University of California, Berkeley and performed postdoctoral research at Harvard under Prof. George Church.