Daisy Robinton

Molecular Biologist, Science Storyteller and Strategist

Daisy Robinton is a Harvard University scientist who focusses on gene editing and developmental biology. She’s made waves around the world for her impressive TED talks that tackle normally hard-to-understand topics such as how and why we age. She believes that science may be able to one day engineer the end of aging as we know it.

Daisy’s work at Harvard University focusses on researching mechanisms of stem cell identity, with a focus on cancer and developmental biology. She believes passionately in helping others understand more about science which she fulfills through teaching and public speaking events, as well as publishing her own research. Even more impressively, Daisy founded the ‘Science in the News Spring Public Lecture Series’ at Harvard and consults on various biotech start-ups both in the US and the UK. Her most recent endeavor has included a feature film screenplay on the future of medicine and its longevity.

Daisy grew up in Palo Alto, CA before moving to Los Angeles to complete her B.S. in Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology at UCLA. She completed her doctorate at Harvard University under the mentorship of Dr. George Q. Daley, where her research focused on the Lin28/let-7 axis and its role in stem cell maintenance and cancer progression using murine models and cell culture. In particular, her work described a critical function of the oncofetal gene Lin28b in driving tumorigenesis, followed by the discovery of a novel role of the Lin28/let-7 network in regulating development of the body plan during embryogenesis. Her current work in the Stevens lab is focused on mechanisms of microglial development and dysfunction during normal development and neurodegenerative disease.