User:Len Sassaman

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Len Sassaman

I work in COSIC at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. I learned about OpenWetWare from Meredith L. Patterson, and I've joined because I have a strong interest in advancing scientific knowledge of biopsychiatry, and believe in the tradition of independent research.

My bio from the Open Science Summit:

Len Sassaman is a security researcher and biohacker. During the “crypto wars” of the 1990s, he was involved in the battle against United States regulations that treated strong cryptography as a munition, and has been a strong advocate of policies that promote citizen innovation in the sciences ever since. He and his wife, Meredith L. Patterson, conduct research on transgenic lactic acid bacteria in their home lab; their projects focus on public health issues such as vitamin deficiencies and rapid detection of food contaminants. With fifteen years of perspective on federal security regulatory activity, he sees biohacking as the next frontier in citizen science and a vibrant resource that must not be regulated out of existence.

Len is a PhD student at COSIC, the COmputer Security and Industrial Cryptography laboratory at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium, and a member of The Shmoo Group security think-tank.

Research interests

  1. Biopsychiatry
  2. Neurology
  3. Drug design
  4. Public health concerns
  5. biohacking
  6. ethnobotany

Interesting Projects

  1. OpenPCR
  2. OpenEEG
  3. OpenThermocycler

Citizen Science Organizations

  1. IEET
  2. Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence
  3. The Lifeboat Foundation
  4. Foresight Institute
  5. Society for Neuroscience


  1. International Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology

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