Abe Pressman received a B.S. in Mathematical Biology at Brown University and a Ph.D. at University of California, Santa Barbara, where he worked on new in vitro methods for measuring extremely large fitness landscapes. He currently works as a National Research Council (NRC) postdoctoral research scientist with the Cellular Engineering Group at the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST). His research focuses on high-throughput fitness measurements of engineered organisms, in order to characterize and update the models of evolution used in synthetic biology. Currently, he is interested in tools for improving deep mutational scanning, optimizing automated evolution, and increasing the informational output of cell-based and cell-free selections. Outside the lab, Abe has experience in science comedy and cartooning, and has participated in a winning submission to AAAS's "Dance Your PhD" competition.