Interview: Derek Morris, Organ Manufacturing Group At United Therapeutics

I have always been interested in helping people see more, do more, experience more. As a computer scientist, extending human capability is a driving force behind much of what we do. However, I knew that I wanted to help increase our healthspans which were outside of my field. As a voracious reader, I came across an article profiling Aubrey de Grey, known for his work on longevity, and saw that with self-study, you can make important new contributions. His path from computer science to biology was awakening for me. I immediately sought out my friends in biomedical engineering to borrow their textbooks, devoured the pages and followed the references. Soon after I set up a lab. I haven’t looked back since.

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