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Christina Agapakis is a biologist, writer, and artist interested in microbes, symbiosis, and the future of biotechnology.
Her scientific work explores the role of ecology, evolution, and design in microbial synthetic biology. She has a PhD in bioengineering from Harvard, where she worked on producing hydrogen fuel in bacteria and making photosynthetic animals.
She is a writer for the Scientific American blog network and other online venues, including Discover Magazine, Popular Science, Omni Magazine, and The Toast. Writing for a broad audience, she explores the many unexpected connections between microbiology, technology, art, and popular culture.
Her artwork likewise connects biology, technology, and culture through multimedia explorations of the environment, microbes, food, and the body. Her work is interdisciplinary and collaborative, working with artists and designers from many fields as a resident with the Synthetic Aesthetics project and a fellow at the UCLA Art|Science Center + Lab.
She is currently a partner at the biological design consultancy Icosahedron Labs and an adjunct professor of Media Design Practices at Art Center College of Design.