Dr. Moira Gunn is best known as the host of Tech Nation, which airs nationally on the National Public Radio channels on Sirius-XM and each weekend on NPR’s 24-hour program stream (Click “Listen” at npr.org). The program is also carried on public radio stations nationwide, to 177 countries via American Forces Radio International, and through popular podcasts on the Internet. In 2004, Tech Nation added the regular segment BioTech Nation to address the expanding field of biotechnology. To date, Tech Nation has carried over 3,000 interviews on tech, biotech and science and aired over 500 commentaries on its impact on society.
Gunn holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University along with a Masters in Computer Science. A former NASA engineer and scientist, she holds a software patent in nutrition research, has been named a Science Journalism Laureate, and has received an honorary doctorate of science from Purdue University for her contributions in science communications. Her book “Welcome to BioTech Nation … My Unexpected Odyssey into the Land of Small Molecules, Lean Genes, and Big Ideas” was cited by the Library Journal to their Best Science Books list.
A professor in the School of Business and Professional Studies at the University of San Francisco, Gunn founded the MBA Biotechnology sequence, which focuses on the business of biotech – locally, nationally and globally.