Dr. Bradley Zamft

ARPA-E Fellow Brad Zamft

Dr. Bradley Zamft is an ARPA-E Fellow and an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science & Technology Policy Fellow. He is interested in biological solutions to liquid fuels production, as well as physical and thermodynamic approaches to grid-scale energy storage.

Dr. Zamft is currently on leave from his position as postdoctoral research fellow in the lab of Dr. George Church at Harvard Medical School. His research aims to create a nanoscale molecular recording device for neuroscience and environmental sensing applications. He also studies the mechanism of genomic engineering via single-stranded oligo-mediated DNA recombination. Zamft completed his Ph.D. in physics at the University of California, Berkeley, in the lab of Dr. Carlos Bustamante, where he studied synthetic biology and single-molecule biophysics. His work led to the elucidation of the role of nascent RNA structure in the modulation of transcriptional pausing. During graduate school, Zamft worked as the Sustainability Coordinator for the Berkeley Student Cooperative, where he led in the development and implementation of sustainability policies for the over 1,200 member nonprofit.

Zamft received a B.S. in Applied & Engineering Physics (cum laude) from Cornell University, where he worked on the Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR) and did an internship at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO).