Derek Jantz, PhD

Chief Scientific Officer, Co-Founder

Derek is a 15-year veteran of the genome editing industry. As a protein engineer, he was an early developer of zinc finger technology and has spent most of his research career designing proteins for genome editing applications. He has a B.A. in biology from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a PhD in Biophysics from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Derek’s passions include writing holiday themed poetry and finding ways to slip sci-fi references into corporate presentations. Dr. Jantz co-founded Precision BioSciences in 2006 after co-inventing a novel method for modifying the DNA-recognition properties of homing endonucleases. Since that time, he has served as VP of Scientific Development and Chief Scientific Officer.