I work at the intersection of art and science, exploring links between biology, visual arts, and digital media.
As an educator I have developed and taught a wide variety of novel undergraduate courses in the visual arts, genetics and foundational biology. As a scientist I was one of the founding members of the genome project in the USA and as an artist I continue to be inspired by the complexity of the natural world. I am Professor of Biology and Art and Michael E. Moody Professor at Olin College of Engineering in Needham, MA, where I have been a faculty member since 2001.
In some ways I feel that my work in art and science has come full circle.
I began as an artist, enjoyed a career in science, returned to art, and now I am lucky enough to have a professional life that involves both art and science. The two interests are intertwined and my work in each area continues to inform the other.
Biology and Genetics
For more than thirty-five years I have been a laboratory research scientist in the biotechnology industry and in academia.
Art & Science EducationFostering connections across disciplines
As a professor at Olin College, my courses feature encouragement of active learning using a project-based approach to foster links between biology and the arts.