Larissa Pschetz is an interaction designer and assistant professor (UK lecturer) at the University of Edinburgh. She has collaborated with molecular biologists, social scientists, and the Edinburgh Genome Foundry in several research projects. Larissa studied Interface Design at University of Applied Sciences Potsdam, and completed a Microsoft-funded PhD in Design. Her professional experience includes work at design agencies such as HID in Hamburg, IXDS in Berlin, and companies such as IBM Research in U.S. and Microsoft Research in China and the UK.
Naomi Nakayama studies the functional designs of living organisms, especially ones from the plant kingdom, incorporating engineering approaches such as synthetic biology. Since 2013, she is a Chancellor's Fellow (a type of assistant professor) at the University of Edinburgh, and also a Royal Society University Research Fellow since 2015. In 2015, she started Biological Architecture Lab, an interactive community of researchers and artists in the Edinburgh area that explores sustainable society with more biological presence and influence. Naomi gained a PhD in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from Yale University, USA, and embarked on biomechanics and biomaterials research during her postdocs at University of Bern, Switzerland, and Ecole Normale Superieure de Lyon, France.
Joseph Revans is a designer and student in Product Design at the University of Edinburgh. He is interested in how emerging technologies shape society and how society shapes emerging technologies. He participated in the 2017 Biodesign Challenge, working on a team with Eva Auer and Sean Greaves. The group’s project, UK2029, was awarded the runner up trophy. Following this, the trio continues to work together, delivering biodesign workshops throughout the UK and the Netherlands, such as at Dutch Design Week and TU Delft.
Annegret Honsbein is a biologist with particular interest in synthetic biology involving cyanobacteria and microalgae. After earning a PhD in plant science she worked at the University of Glasgow as part of the UK ‘Biodesalination’ consortium that explored the possibility of using light-driven ion transport in cyanobacteria as an alternative and sustainable way for sea water desalination. In Edinburgh, she joined an international collaboration with the aim of engineering a synthetic chloroplast-like plant organelle that would reduce the amount of fertilizers needed for crop plants by fixing atmospheric nitrogen gas. She is currently a MSc Teaching Support Officer.
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