Eri Gentry

Research Strategist in California

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Eri Gentry was born in a little prison town in Arizona to the owners of the town's only grocery store. Her favorite job there was running the meat market. She studied Economics at Yale before making a move to biotechnology.

She's cofounder of BioCurious and research director at the non-profit think tank, Institute for the Future (IFTF), where she studies the future of science, technology, and being human.

In addition to helping start BioCurious, the first hackerspace for biology, she was previously VP of Open Innovation at Scanadu, a Silicon Valley startup bringing medical tools for the people to the people, Community Manager at Genomera, a startup putting crowdsourced clinical trials online, and CEO, cofounder of Livly, a cancer research company on a mission to end killer diseases.

Her storied history also includes gigs as a Vidal Sassoon hair model, a college athlete, and a lunch lady.

Her work and interests can be summarized by, "Oh, the humanity!" She's interested in human biology, designed environments, behavioral economics, and, generally, why we do the funny things we do.

She contributed to the books Maker Pro and Strategic Innovation: The Definitive Guide to Outlier Strategies and has written for IEEE Computer, Make Magazine, Techonomy, and the IQT Quarterly.

Her work has been shared by the New York Times, Forbes, Wired, The Atlantic, and in the books Biopunk, Regenesis, and The Nature of the Future. She has been named to the Techonomy Top Ten list, called a Popular Mechanics' Hometown Hero and was selected as a White House Champion of Change for Citizen Science.

She has a BA in Economics from Yale University and a cool dog named Ender, named for the book, not the movie.

Selfie tags: #why #experiments #weirdfood #puppy #meaning #underdogs #scififorreal #yearofhappy #colors #massage #yogaanywhere #quiet

  • Work
    • Institute for the Future
  • Education
    • Yale