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In our DNA: Elijah Grote, Software Engineer

February 16, 2022  |  Codex DNA

We’re continuing our blog series, looking at the DNA of Codex DNA — our incredible employees and their stories.

Team member: Elijah Grote, Software Engineer
Came aboard: November 2020.

What do you do at Codex DNA?
I add features and decode code for the BioXp™ system. I also develop extra script commands for the BioXp system to ensure R&D gets everything they need.

How did you get into that kind of work?
My background is in computer science, and in my first job, I worked with machines and ran software on those machines. I then got into building automation manufacturing lines. I wanted to get into biotechnology because it’s such a great cause.

How would you describe the company culture?
You get to wear many hats. I enjoy learning so much from the different engineers on our team. It’s a fast-paced environment, and we get to combat new challenges every day.

How would you describe synthetic biology to non-scientists?
It’s a cutting-edge way for society to counter viruses and sickness throughout the world. It will help save many lives and build a better future for humanity.

What’s something fun about working at Codex DNA?
The people here are fun. I enjoy working with people around here because they’re nice and helpful, and there’s great collaboration for getting projects done. I also like the parties that we have outside of work, too.

What was the first thing you ever wanted to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a mad scientist, but I ended up working with machines and code and now get to work with scientists.

How do you see synthetic biology changing the world?
I see it as a big step in humanity. I think it will guide our survival as a species in the future because we will have to adapt to new viruses. It’s a large field that can be applied to anything, and there’s so much potential.

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