TAMEST 2023 Annual Conference

About the TAMEST 2023 Annual Conference: Forward Texas—Accelerating Change

The TAMEST 2023 Annual Conference, Forward Texas: Accelerating Change, was held May 23–25, 2023, at The InterContinental Houston – Medical Center in Houston, Texas.

A special opening reception took place the evening of Tuesday, May 23, 2023, in the Morian Hall of Paleontology at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

The TAMEST 2023 Annual Conference gathered some of our most celebrated and innovative researchers to examine how science and technology are leading to fundamental changes in society. The cross-disciplinary program focused on four profound scientific transitions underway: CRISPR gene editing, “big” data science, renewable energy and decarbonization.

The TAMEST annual conference is open to the entire research community.

Speakers and Panelists

Leonela Amoasii

Leonela Amoasii, Ph.D.


Research and Development

Vertex Pharmaceuticals

LTG Ross Coffman

Lieutenant General Ross Coffman

Deputy Commanding General

Army Futures Command

Victor Dzau

Victor J. Dzau, M.D. (NAM)


National Academy of Medicine

Andy Futreal

Andy Futreal, Ph.D.

Vice President of Strategic Translational Research Programs

Chair and Professor

Department of Genomic Medicine

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Charles Gersbach

Charles A. Gersbach, Ph.D.

John W. Strohbehn Distinguished Professor

Department of Biomedical Engineering

Duke University

Geoffrey Ginsburg

Geoffrey Ginsburg, M.D., Ph.D.

Chief Medical and Scientific Officer

All of Us Research Program

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Peter Green

Peter F. Green, Ph.D. (NAE)

Deputy Laboratory Director, Science and Technology

Chief Research Officer

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Amy McGuire

Amy L. McGuire, J.D., Ph.D.

Leon Jaworski Professor of Biomedical Ethics

Director, Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy

Baylor College of Medicine

Ramamoorthy Ramesh

Ramamoorthy Ramesh, Ph.D. (NAE)

Vice President for Research

Rice University

Daniel Siegwart

Daniel J. Siegwart, Ph.D.


Departments of Biochemistry and Biomedical Engineering

UT Southwestern Medical Center

Dirk Smit

Dirk Smit, Ph.D.

Corporate Chief Scientist

Vice President of Research Strategy

Shell Global


Huda Y. Zoghbi, M.D. (NAM, NAS)

Distinguished Service Professor

Baylor College of Medicine

Director, Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute

Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Program Committee

Lydia Kavraki

Honorary Chair: Brendan Lee, M.D., Ph.D. (NAM)

President, TAMEST

Professor and Chair of Molecular and Human Genetics

Robert and Janice McNair Endowed Chair in Molecular and Human Genetics

Baylor College of Medicine

Program Committee Co-Chairs

Lydia Kavraki

Lydia E. Kavraki, Ph.D. (NAM)

Noah Harding Professor of Computer Science

Director, Ken Kennedy Institute

Rice University

Robert Gilbert


Robert B. Gilbert, Ph.D. (NAE)

Professor and Department Chair of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

The University of Texas at Austin

Joshua Mendell


Joshua T. Mendell, M.D., Ph.D.

Charles Cameron Sprague, M.D. Chair in Medical Science

Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

UT Southwestern Medical Center

Christian Davies

Technology Innovation

Christian A. Davies, Ph.D.

Principal Scientist

Nature Based Solutions

Shell Projects & Technology USA

TAMEST 2023 Annual Conference Sponsors

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