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Brett Gao

Brett Gao is an undergraduate student at Washington University in St. Louis studying biochemistry and economics. He believes that in 20 years, modern medical technology will be able to extend the healthy, productive human lifespan to 150-200 years and positively transform people’s lives and our society.

A Barbara S. Schaps Thomas & David M. Thomas Scholar, Brett works at Dr. Sheila Stewart’s lab, a part of the ICCE (Integrating Communication within the Cancer Environment) Institute that leads cutting-edge biomedical research on cancer and telomeres. He was involved in 2015 TEDxWustl as the director of public relations, and is currently the publicity director of IDEA Labs, a national bioengineering design and entrepreneurship incubator founded at Washington University School of Medicine. In 2014, aiming to facilitate technology transfer in the St. Louis area, Brett co-founded Washington University Popular Science, a journal that finds and delivers the latest university research and technology innovation to students, entrepreneurs, and investors. He is currently serving as the journal’s vice president.

"Why Transhumanism Will Not (And Should Not) Become The Political Mainstream"   Ethical Technology  (Jan 24, 2016)