Sarah Whelton's Presentation
Sarah Whelton’s Presentation

In class on 3/8, we each gave presentations answering the following 5 questions, in order to highlight common themes and interests, and help us establish research groups.


  1. What is the most interesting thing you’ve learned in class so far?

2. What is a project from another artist/designer/researcher that uses biology in a way  you find inspiring?

3. What is an approach to manufacturing (loosely interpreted) that you find compelling?

4. Describe an intersection of biology and another discipline that you find exciting.

5. What do you want to continue to explore?


After the presentations, we discussed some of the recurring themes from our presentations, including the role of synthetic biology in art and the role of art in synthetic bio, open source (in general), Open Source Gendercodes, sustainability, etc…

We then divided into three groups under the general titles:

  1. Body as site of manufacturing (formerly the “visual” team) [C.B., A.B., S.K., B.K.]
  2. Machine as site of manufacturing [A.F., M.R., E.K., S.C.]
  3. Outdoors as site of manufacturing [J.O., G.B., E.W., S.W.]


“What’s Up Daniel Grushkin!”

We were lucky enough to have one of the Biodesign Challenge’s top ‘team’ members in our midst for the entirety of class. He spearheaded a lot of the discussion and helped push in the right directions w/ regard to group formation. He came equipped with inspiration…here’s his bio:



Daniel Grushkin is a former fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, where he researched the field of synthetic biology. He is an Emerging Leader in Biosecurity at the UPMC Center of Health Security. He cofounded Genspace, the world’s first community laboratory. Fast Company ranked Genspace among the top 10 most innovative education companies in the world. As a journalist, he reports on the intersection of biotech, culture, and business for publications including Businessweek, Fast Company, Scientific American, and Popular Science.”


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