Maia Lyall, Circle Lu, Muhamad Iqbal, and Panayiotis Pavlides

What if the responsibilities of growing a baby were shared? Cybele envisions an interchangeable, artificial womb as a new mode of reproduction where families take equal part in growing a fetus. 


Eva Auer, Ellie Powell, Joe Revan, and Sean Greaves

Syncadia turns a polluted ecosystem in Old Kilpatrick, Scotland into an educational center where the public can learn and dispel fears about transgenic organisms. 

Wearable Ecosystem

Corentin Mollier, Shan Lu, Shannen Tioniwar, and Zezhong Wang

Wearable Ecosystem imagines a sustainable bracelet containing species of bacteria that change color in response to light, heat, and exposure to UV rays. 


Alejandra Grandon, Kirsty Millar, and Yuxi Liu

Expanding on a recent discovery that humans and their pets share beneficial strains of bacteria leading to healthier immune systems, Protocream is a probiotic cream that encourages this transmission between human and canine. 

Olfactory Communication

Karen Campa, Katie Dobberstein, Fabien Florek, and Corinna Hartinger

If a scent can trigger a memory, why can't it capture it? Olfactory Communication encapsulates genetically engineered bacteria in a piece of jewelry to allow the wearer to capture a scent photograph/moment in time.


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 and is currently integrating synthetic biology themes in the school of design at the University of Edinburgh. Larissa studied Interface Design at University of Applied Sciences Potsdam, and completed a Microsoft-funded PhD in Design. Her professional experience includes work at agencies such as HID in Hamburg, IDxS in Berlin, and companies such as IBM Research in U.S. and Microsoft Research in UK and China.


Naomi Nakayama is a biologist with interests in the functional designs of living organisms. Since 2013 she is a Research Fellow and the leader of Biological Form + Function Lab at the University of Edinburgh. In 2015, together with likeminded colleagues from diverse backgrounds, she launched the Biological Architecture Lab, an interactive community of researchers and artists attempting to make our urban world more biologically inspired. Naomi studied botany and developmental biology in California and Connecticut, US, and embarked on biomechanics and biomaterials research during her postdocs in Bern, Switzerland and Lyon, France.


Anais Moisy is a designer and research associate at the University of Edinburgh. With a multidisciplinary background in biology, maths, and design, she is currently based at the Edinburgh Genome Foundry, a DNA-assembly facility, where she designs interface concepts and collaborates in several projects. Anais has worked with Autodesk Bionano research group in the development of the Genetic Constructor, a new CAD tool for biologists, and has worked with the Design informatics team to explore what it means to design with living organisms.


Eric Thorand is a PhD student in Cell and Molecular Biology based in the Centre for Synthetic and Systems Biology at the University of Edinburgh. His work aims to understand how cells can morph into different cell types and change their shape in response to mechanical cues. He holds a Master’s degree in Theoretical Mechanical Engineering, previously studying the plastic deformation of alloys and the pattern formation in fluid flows.


Bettina Nissen is a designer and research associate in Design Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. With a background in digital fabrication, product and interaction design, she has a continuing interest in the transforming materials and materiality of design and how we design with evolving matter. Increasingly Bettina’s research interest has expanded into data materials and how we encounter, engage or communicate with and through them. She has exhibited her design work internationally in Berlin, London, Milan and New York and is an AHRC funded PhD Candidate in Digital Media at Culture Lab, Newcastle University. 


Banner image: Michael D. Beckwith, The Leeds Library