Photo by Brad Swonetz for Wired Uk
I am a biologist, writer, and artist interested in microbes and the future of biotechnology. I collaborate with engineers, designers, artists, and social scientists to explore the many unexpected connections between microbiology, technology, art, and popular culture. During my PhD at Harvard, I worked on producing hydrogen fuel in bacteria and making photosynthetic animals. I have taught designers at the Art Center College of Design and biomolecular engineers at UCLA, and I once made cheese using bacteria from the human body. I have written on biology, technology, and culture for a number of outlets and I'm a founding editor of Method Quarterly, a magazine about science in the making. I am currently creative director at Ginkgo Bioworks, an organism design company that is bringing biology to industrial engineering.