Tal Danino is an interdisciplinary artist and scientist working at the intersection of synthetic biology and art. Tal's scientific research focuses on genetically programming bacteria for early cancer detection and treatment. Stemming from his scientific background, Tal transforms living microorganisms like bacteria and cancer cells into bio-art works using various forms of media. His recent projects have been featured inThe New York Times, Nature, and WIRED. Originally from Los Angeles, Tal received B.S. degrees in Physics, Math, and Chemistry from UCLA and a Ph.D. in Bioengineering from UCSD. He did his postdoctoral research at MIT and was selected as a 2015 TED Fellow. He is currently an Assistant Professor at Columbia University where he directs the Synthetic Biological Systems Laboratory.
François-Joseph Lapointe is full professor of Biological Sciences at Université de Montréal. As a scientist, he is interested in molecular systematics, population genetics and metagenomics. In parallel, he also employs the methods of molecular biology and actual DNA sequences as tools and substrate of artistic creativity. As an artist and researcher in bioart, he applies biotechnology as a means of dance composition, and he has created the field of choreogenetics. For his most recent artistic project, he is currently sequencing his microbiome (and that of his wife) to produce metagenomic self-portraits, or microbiome selfies.
Anna Dumitriu is a British artist whose work fuses craft, technology and bioscience to explore our relationship to the microbial world, biomedicine and technology. She has a strong international exhibition profile, having exhibited at The Picasso Museum in Barcelona, The Science Gallery in Dublin, The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Taipei, and The V & A Museum in London. Her work is held in several major public collections, including the Science Museum London and Eden Project. She is the founder and director of “The Institute of Unnecessary Research”, a group of artists and scientists whose work crosses disciplinary boundaries and critiques contemporary research practice and won the 2012 Society for Applied Microbiology Communication Award.