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Eric Schulze, PhD is a molecular biologist, genetic engineer, science policy strategist, STEM educator, TV presenter, and former federal biotechnology regulator. He is currently Vice President of Product and Regulation at Memphis Meats, where he leads the design and development of the company’s first-ever cell-based meat products as well as its regulatory, policy, and government affairs. Dr. Schulze is also the company spokesperson. He previously served as Senior Scientist for Memphis Meats. Before that, he served as a U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulator within the Obama Administration handling a portfolio of novel food and drug biotechnology products and policy. (This website reflects Dr. Schulze’s personal views and not that of his employer).

He holds an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in genetic, cellular, and molecular biology with a specialty in embryonic stem cell engineering from the University of Southern California (2010), a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Loyola University New Orleans (2005), and is trained in broadcast communication, speechwriting, and risk assessment. Dr. Schulze is a first-generation college graduate. He absolutely loves being a professional scientist.

Dr. Schulze believes that professional science is a cosmic service to be shared by all and proudly serves to support systematic improvement to our national STEM Education programs. In this vein, he has served at the National Science Foundation where he helped to develop federal STEM Education policy. In a personal capacity, he currently advises the National Academy of Sciences' Roundtable on Systemic Change in Undergraduate STEM Education and hosts the Smithsonians's 'Ask Smithsonian' online show. He has created two organizations that focus upon building community around effective communication, one for food and the other for art. He makes frequent appearances in the media and on-stage to discuss not only how to design delicious meat, but also food science and cooking more broadly.

Previously, I served as the company’s first Senior Scientist.  In that role, I led the scientific development and strategy of meat cell production, and helped to develop advanced genetic amendment approaches to cellular identity and molecular control.

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Eric most recently served for six years as a Federal regulator within the US Food and Drug Administration, where he worked alongside numerous Federal regulatory agencies to coordinate and execute regulatory decisions on a multitude of complex, innovative biotechnology applications, including genetically engineered animals, foods, and drugs.

Eric also served within the National Science Foundation to help coordinate Federal STEM Education programming for this country and the next generation. Fun fact: Eric is an award-winning science communicator who currently hosts the Webby-nominated (Best Science/Education Series) show, “Ask Smithsonian,” for The Smithsonian Institution. Eric is regularly invited to speak and present about how science and technology, the arts, and human creativity can predict and build a more wondrous future, now. 

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