New York University

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Projects

 

Handmade

Chenshan Gao, Wenjing Liu, Winnie Yoe

The project is a toolkit for collecting and storing family hand microbiomes for use as cooking ingredients. Inspired by idioms like the “taste of mother’s hands,” the project explores heredity under the lens of the human holobiont.

https://microarchive.github.io/Micro-Archive/

 
 
 

Phytobionic

Mamoun Nukumanu Friedrich-Grosvenor, Rita Wang

Phytobionic imagines the evolution of hybrid sensory organs made through a synthesis of plant, bacterial, human, algal, and fungal tissues, which alter the human experience and illuminate livable worlds.

https://mooni.squarespace.com/phytobiont

 
 
 

Instructor

 
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Dr. Elizabeth Hénaff

Dr. Elizabeth Hénaff is a computational biologist and designer. At the center of her research is a fascination with the way living beings interact with their environment. This inquiry has produced a body of work that ranges from scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals, to collaborations with landscape architects, to artist residencies in environments from SVA to the MIT Media Lab.

Her academic trajectory started with a Bachelors in Computer Science, followed by a Master’s in Plant Biology (both from UT Austin) and a PhD in Bioinformatics from the University of Barcelona, followed by postdoctoral work at Weill Cornell Medicine and the MIT Media Lab. More information can be found at elizabeth-henaff.net