Scott Pownall

President & Co-founder | Open Science Network

Scott Pownall is a geneticist and molecular biologist by training, STEM mentor, bioinformatician, software developer, photographer and entrepreneur who is passionate about breaking down the barriers people face when trying to understand and engage with biology and DNA-based technologies. He has a lifelong passion and curiosity for the world around him and this drives his diverse interests.

In June of 2015, with the help of an awesome group of citizen scientists, he co-founded Open Science Network, a BC incorporated non-profit society. He currently acts as the President. He built and runs the society's community biolab located at in Vancouver. Scott engages in community outreach, synthetic biology and genomics education and STEM mentoring. In his spare time, he the OSN team has been developing the Open Yeast Project, an open enabling technology for metabolic engineering with plans to release the parts under the OpenMTA. He also contributes to the global Open Enzyme Project and is a member of the FreeGenes Discord group.

Scott is an alumni of Bio Academy's How to Grow Almost Anything Synthetic Biology program directed by George Church. He has been an organizer and photographer for the last two Bio Summits and currently acts as Co-Lead on the Bio Summit 3.0 Communications Group.