Alyssa Ferris

Hertz Fellow: Alyssa Ferris

Stanford University

Area of Study


Fellowship Years

2017 - present

Alyssa Ferris is a bioengineering PhD student at Stanford University. Their broad interest is using synthetic biology to design and model genetic circuits. Their current research is developing a high throughput platform for implementing small molecule biosynthesis pathways in plants by creating new genetic parts and bioinformatics tools.

As an undergraduate at Wellesley College, Alyssa worked in Timothy Lu’s laboratory at MIT using recombinase to develop genetic tools for efficiently programming and recording order dependent signals detected by cells. Their work led to novel insights about recombinase kinetics and behavior and applied this to creating devices for recording analogue signals.

Outside of bioengineering, Alyssa enjoys playing banjo and doing tech for community theater. Alyssa is from Raleigh, North Carolina.