Ruediger Trojok, Diplom Biologist, is a researcher, technology consultant and author of popular science literature. At UnternehmerTUM GmbH, the Center for Innovation and Business Creation within the Technology University of Munich, he leads the synthetic biology innovation lab as part of the transdisciplinary technology incubator (UnternehmerTUM), where he develops prototypes merging AI, VR, AR, robotics and synbio. Rüdiger studied systems and synthetic biology at the Universities of Potsdam, Copenhagen (DTU) and Freiburg. In his academic work he invented a novel contraceptive method based on genetically altered lactic acid bacteria. He worked as a consultant for the office for Technology Assessment by the German Parliament on biohacking and synthetic biology. Since 2014 he works for the Institute for
Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis at the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology in the EU program Synenergene on synthetic and DIY biology. Currently he is leading an investigation on genome editing technologies (www.crispr.kitchen) on behalf of the German ministry of science and education (BMBF). Ruediger regularly testifies before German and European authorities.
Ruediger has been involved in frugal innovation and in the Do It Yourself biology scene since 2009 and pioneered a number of molecular biology experiments using low cost equipment. As a freelancing researcher he developed Digital Biochips which automate and integrate biological laboratory procedures. In 2013 he founded the non-profit Biotinkering Berlin e.V. (biotinkering.org) to support open-source biotechnology projects related to public life, politics and the arts. His work has been widely featured in German mass media, is presented in galleries and in academic conferences across Europe, among them, the Ars Electronica Center in Linz.