Paula Andrea Molina Osorio, Nicole Senz Giusti, & Daniel Shambo Rodriguez

RootKnit is a shapeshifting surface connected to plants. Using multiple sensors, RootKnit can react to the plants’ conditions and then translate that data into surface movements and shapes. This creates a new way of communicating, understanding, and connecting to plants and the environment.


Luz Alba Gallo Herran is a Colombian designer. She is interested in exploring the intersection of design and other disciplines in order to create positive impact. Her areas of interest are service, experience and UX design. Currently she is doing her design Masters at Universidad de los Andes. She has been part of ‘Biología sintética Uniandes’, a multidisciplinary team of biologists, designers, physicists, and doctors that explore different applications of synthetic biology to solve current problems. 

Giovanna Danies is a Biologist and Microbiologist from Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá Colombia. She pursued her Master’s degree in Plant Pathology also at Universidad de los Andes. In 2015, Giovanna received a PhD in Plant Pathology from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, USA. She was selected by the directors of graduate studies in the plant sciences graduate fields to receive the Barbara McClintock Award. She currently teaches an Introductory course to Plant Pathology at Universidad de los Andes and advises undergraduate and master students in the Laboratory of Mycology and Phytopathology (LAMFU) at Universidad de los Andes. Her research focuses on the population structure of Phytophthora infestans in potato and tomato crops in Colombia. Furthermore, she is interested in elucidating the genetic basis for fungicide resistance in populations of P. infestans. This year Giovanna will be teaching the Biodesign Challenge course.

Aside from teaching and research responsibilities, Giovanna currently works as Head for Research Cooperation in the Office of International Affairs at Universidad de los Andes.


Banner image: Michael D. Beckwith, The Leeds Library