Hailing from County Cork, Ireland, Cathal Garvey epitomizes the new phenomenon known as DIYbio, or Biohacking. This movement aims to help make biology a worthwhile pursuit for citizen scientists, amateur biologists, and do-it-yourself biological engineers who value openness and safety.
Cathal, who is 26, dropped out of a Ph.D. program at a big cancer lab two years ago in favor of doing it on his own, spending €4,000 to equip a laboratory in his family's house. He provides affordable, open-source DNA development platforms, kits and strains for beginners to easily learn the engineering of bacteria. He has been commended for inventing the DremelFuge, a small centrifuge that can be fabricated by a 3D printer at a far lower cost than industrial models.