At the broadest level, Rob is interested in the future role of biology as a human technology. He is a multiple start-up founder and has worked to develop new biological technologies in both academic and commercial environments, focusing on molecular measurement and microfluidic systems. He has also developed and published a number of novel metrics for quantifying the impact and progress of biological technologies. Carlson is the author of the book Biology is Technology: The Promise, Peril, and New Business of Engineering Life, published in 2010 by Harvard University Press. Dr. Carlson earned a doctorate in Physics from Princeton University in 1997. His blog is at www.synthesis.cc.