California Institute of the Arts
Experimental Animation

 

Projects

 

PhoneGus

William Arthur Shirey

The PhoneGus is a leather-like protective covering for smartphones that incorporates a mat of radiation-resistant Deinococcus radiodurans bacteria and radiotrophic Cryptococcus neoformans fungus. The case is meant to address consumer concerns about cell phone radiation.

 
 

Instructor

 

Advisor

 
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Matt Reed

Matt Reed received a BFA in Film/Video and a MFA in Experimental Animation from the California Institute of the Arts. Reed became interested in the hybridization of ancient art crafting practices, science fiction and the metaphysical. He teaches at the California Institute of the Arts, where he offers courses in digital animation production, virtual reality and biodesign entrepreneurship. His current work involves brainwave interactivity in a virtual reality context, considering the potential of brainwave responsive light therapy as a possible method of treating coma patients.

Michael Elowitz

Michael Elowitz is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and Professor of Biology and Biological Engineering, and Applied Physics at Caltech. Dr. Elowitz's laboratory has introduced synthetic biology approaches to build and understand genetic circuits in living cells and tissues. Elowitz received his PhD in Physics from Princeton University, and did postdoctoral research at Rockefeller University.