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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. 



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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. 


Banner image: Michael D. Beckwith, The Leeds Library