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Designing Living Things

February 14, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Free and open to the public.

Christina Agapakis, Creative Director, Ginkgo Bioworks
Biology can be a design medium: scientists can now “write” DNA and manipulate microbial behavior. In the future, they could also reshape entire ecosystems. Christina Agapakis is a synthetic biologist, writer, and artist who collaborates with engineers, designers, artists, and social scientists to explore the many unexpected connections between microbiology, technology, art, and popular culture. In this lecture, she will discuss current and potential uses of biotechnology in various fields from agriculture and medicine to consumer goods and renewable energy.

Christina Agapakis is Creative Director at Ginkgo Bioworks, an organism design company based in Boston, that is bringing biology to industrial engineering. She holds a B.A. in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from Yale University and a Ph.D. in Biological and Biomedical Sciences from Harvard University. Her doctoral thesis focused on producing hydrogen fuel in bacteria and making photosynthetic animals. Agapakis has written on biology, technology, and culture for a number of outlets, has taught designers at the ArtCenter College of Design and biomolecular engineers at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is a founding editor of Method Quarterly, a magazine about science in the making.

Lecture. Free event parking at the 52 Oxford Street Garage.
Presented by the Harvard Museum of Natural History in collaboration with the Microbial Sciences Initiative at Harvard University.


February 14, 2019
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Free and open to the public.
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Harvard Museum of Natural History
Microbial Sciences Initiative at Harvard University


Geological Lecture Hall
24 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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