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Luz Alba Gallo is a Colombian Designer 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 teaching at Universidad de los Andes and working at the Ministry of ITC as a service and experience design consultant. Previously, she has been part of ‘Biología sintética Uniandes’, a multidisciplinary team of biologists, designers, physicists, and doctors that explores different applications of synthetic biology to solve current problematics. 

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 works as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Design at Universidad de Los Andes, where she is creating a minor in Biodesign and teaching the Biodesign Challenge and the Magical Mushroom and Mischievous mold courses. Giovanna is currently conducting research both in the field of plant pathology as well as in the field of biomaterials.


Banner image: Michael D. Beckwith, The Leeds Library