Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Ryan Romie Littrell: DIYbio and the Reemergence of the Sci-Artist

The Science Technology and Society (STS) research cluster and the Communications and New Media Department at the National University of Singapore welcome visiting scholar Ryan Romie Littrell.  Romie will give a public talk about his research focus of DIYbio in the artistic and design context. 

Date/Time: Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 3:30 PM

Venue: National University of Singapore, Building AS4, Room 0116. Map:

Title: DIYbio and the Reemergence of the Sci-Artist

Note: After the talk there will be a discussion of his talk, followed by a reading group discussion for which Romie recommended a chapter from Marcus Wohlsen’s “Biopunk: DIYscientists hack the software of life”

Speaker's Bio:
Romie's research is focused on the exchange of tools and methods between artists and scientists. In the present he is a graduate student in the Biomedical Engineering Dept. at UCLA. He received his BA in Molecular and Cell Biology from UC Berkeley. Since then he has engaged in a wide array of biological research including maize genetics, cornea tissue engineering, microfluidic bioreactors, and cell-chip interfaces. His current research focuses on creating non-institutional laboratories and abstracting biological techniques to facilitate those in unrelated fields to perform advanced biology. Romie is also very interested in synthetic biology, is the founder of SoCal DIYBio, and was a grad advisor to the 2007 MIT iGEM team. He is currently a fellow in UCLA's Art|Sci Center, which promotes collaboration between the arts and sciences and their integration in education.

This announcement was sent on behalf of Assistant Professor Denisa Kera, NUS.
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