I make sounds about science, in radio and real life.
While trying to convince myself that I’d be a great biologist someday during undergrad, I eventually admitted to myself how much I hated being in the lab (and how bad I was at science experiments). So, with stars in my eyes for David Attenborough and other prophet-like ambassadors of science, I headed towards the broadcasting studio to explore what I was studying. What started as a freaky obsession with the art of radio still remains, and has splintered out into other habits I’ve picked up, like making video and textile art about science.
I spend half of my time making media and art projects, while the other half is spent researching and educating (in universities, communities, companies) about biotechnologically-driven change in the human and non-human living world, particularly as it relates to synthetic biology. I like it best when the two halves of my working-life combine. I’ll often find myself working in public media and pursuing creative collaborations to explore and explain my research. I am an affiliate researcher at Fluxmedia Research-Creation Laboratory in Montreal, a research centre that supports this type of peculiar work (thankfully).
My radio work has been featured on CBC Radio (where I helped produce the summer series Think About It, am making a doc for Ideas, helped produce over 400 stories about Canadian musicians with CBC Music, am hosting on CBC Radio 3, have been a returning contributor to Spark, and am in development on a new program about rebel scientists with Dan Werb); WNYC (Studio 360), and NHPR. My art projects have been exhibited at The Ontario Science Centre as well as shown/broadcast from several artist-run centres and radio stations throughout Canada, the Netherlands and the UK. I have worked in television with National Geographic in Morocco, and in film, on a documentary about synthetic biology with Field Test Independent Film Corps, in the United States.
Along with Molly Willows, I co-founded Ladies Lugging Gear – a bi-monthly salon-style performance night in Toronto that celebrates the work of creative women in Toronto.
I recently completed graduate school in the Interdisciplinary Master’s of Art, Media and Design at OCAD University in Toronto. Before that I got a BSc (Hon) in biology from Queen’s University, a postgraduate diploma in Communications from Concordia University, and a certificate in Humanities and Social Sciences from the University of Amsterdam. I spent most of 2012 at Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK living on a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada grant that allowed me to investigate topics in biotechnology that blur the art/science divide.
In 2014 I am moving to Copenhagen to pursue a PhD in synthetic biology and creative communications, as part of the bioSYNergy project in the department of Media, Cognition and Communication. More info on that to come.
I am currently working as a radio producer and host at the CBC and pursuing personal projects. If you are interested in contacting me please feel free to get in touch by writing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.