Dr. Tiffany Vora is an educator, writer, research scientist, and entrepreneur who is excited to bring her diversity of experience to Singularity University as Faculty and Vice Chair of Medicine and Digital Biology. Tiffany is passionate about translating the leading edge of science and medicine into actionable insights for individuals, companies, and society.
After earning undergraduate degrees in Biology and Chemistry at New York University, Tiffany worked on cutting-edge drug-discovery technologies at Bristol-Myers Squibb. Her PhD research in the Department of Molecular Biology at Princeton University, which was funded through NASA, brought her into the emerging fields of genomics, systems biology, and computational biology. With the Mars Society, Tiffany designed and supported biology- and health-related research in Mars simulations in extreme environments. Her interest in the cultural and ethical shifts that accompany new technologies and new ways of thinking then led her to the American University of Cairo as a Visiting Assistant Professor, where she spearheaded curriculum development for core classes in scientific thinking as well as computational biology classes for non-programmers.
Upon her return to the United States, Tiffany founded Bayana Science, an editing, writing, and consulting company dedicated to excellence in science communication. Tiffany also served as an instructor for the Department of Bioengineering at Stanford University. She has contributed to literally thousands of grant proposals, research articles, presentations, textbooks, and other works spanning medicine, computer science, applied physics, chemistry, nanotechnology, and the life sciences. Tiffany also co-founded Three Body Labs, which is dedicated to fostering thought leadership with a global impact.
At Singularity University, Tiffany previously served as full-time faculty as well as the Faculty Director of Singularity’s global ecosystem of Experts and thought leaders. Through Singularity, Tiffany has mentored startup founders, inspired companies to tackle humanity’s grand challenges, and supported governments and other organizations to prepare for a radically different future of life on Earth (and elsewhere). She has particularly focused on nurturing, amplifying, and connecting women and people of color around the world—because diversity drives creativity and innovation.
Tiffany is honored to be a Nonresident Fellow at the Atlantic Council within the Geotech Center, where she helps bring together new technologies and data that empower people, prosperity, and peace. She is also thrilled to be a member of Homeward Bound’s sixth cohort dedicated to amplifying the impact of women leaders in STEMM, with a special eye on conservation.
Tiffany’s expertise in biology and medicine encompasses fields as diverse as CRISPR, the microbiome, genetics, science fiction, climate change, longevity, human space biology, agriculture, AR/VR in the life sciences, ancient molecules, biophysics, environmental monitoring, tissue engineering, biohacking, and the quantitative analysis of large biological datasets.
Tiffany loves encountering the natural world through hiking and scuba diving. She travels extensively with her family, seeking out new experiences and cultures. She enjoys sharing her passions through teaching, writing, and public speaking.
You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @tiffanyjvora.
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