Giovanna Danies is a Biologist and Microbiologist from Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. She pursued her Master’s degree in Biological Sciences 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. Among the courses Giovanna teaches are The Biodesign Challenge, Magical and Perverse Fungi, Bio Future, Sexy Science: Effective Communication, and Storytelling: Infancy and Astonishing Science. Giovanna is currently conducting research both in the field of plant pathology as well as in the field of biological materials.

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Carolina Obregón is a fashion designer from Parsons School of Design in New York. She holds a Master’s degree in Fashion and Sustainability from Aalto University, in Helsinki, Finland. She worked for more than 15 years in the fashion industry in New York, Los Angeles, Guadalajara and Bogotá. She is currently Design Assistant Professor at Universidad de los Andes focusing on sustainable fashion and textiles, with a circular economy and disruptive thinking approach.

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Karen Aune, M.A., has been living and working in Bogotá as an artist and researcher since 2006. Karen is an instructor in the Department of Design at Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá. Her creative research centers on the intersection between Art, Design, and Architecture from analogous processes complemented by technologies of design and digital manufacture, with a particular focus on the crosses between biology and technology from a science fiction perspective. Karen is a PhD candidate at the Advanced Studies in Artistic Productions program at the Universidad de Barcelona. She received her Masters in Painting in the Digital Era from the University of Barcelona and a Bachelors Degree in Visual Arts from the Universidad de Montemorelos, Nuevo León in Mexico. She’s participated in several individual and collective exhibitions in museums, cultural centers, galleries and fairs; with prizes of acquisition in Museums of Brazil; and with work in public and private collections in Colombia, Brazil, Spain, Mexico and United States.


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