Josiah started BioHacking during his Ph.D. in Molecular Biophysics at the University of Chicago, creating The Chromochord in his apartment, the worlds first musical instrument that uses engineered protein nanotechnology. After his Ph.D., he received a prestigious fellowship to work with NASA's Synthetic Biology program, engineering bacteria to help terraform Mars. Now he is the Founder and CEO of The ODIN, a company that makes Science more accessible by providing inexpensive resources to allow anyone to perform cutting edge genetic engineering at home. Josiah has a number of Scientific publications and awards for his work in protein and genetic engineering and is also recipient of Art awards for creating Speculative Science works that have been featured in museums across the world, including NY MoMA PS1. His work has been featured in Time, Scientific American, Popular Science, Businessweek and NPR, among many others. He enjoys Whiskey and Red Bull, sometimes together.
KAREN INGRAM is an artist who uses design and creative direction to promote scientific awareness. She has a keen interest in the emerging field of synthetic biology. A Synthetic Biology LEAP fellow, Karen is recognized as an emerging leader in synthetic biology. Karen co-authored “Biobuilder: Synthetic Biology in the Lab” (O’Reilly, 2015), a synthetic biology curriculum in which she crafted visual elements and teaching aides. She served as a design track judge at IGEM in 2015.
She is a co-organizer of Brooklyn-based science cabaret, The Empiricist League and a planning committee member of SXSW Interactive, where she focuses on topics related to the overlap of science and art, emerging biotechnologies and its effect on society. She also hosts the annual SXSW Biohacker Meetup which grew out of the Art of Science Meetup. She is a creative strategy instructor for NYU SHERP’s Entrepreneurial Science Journalism course.
A veteran in the world of digital design, advertising and marketing, Ingram has worked at Campfire, McCann Erikson (yes, that McCann), and UNICEF, to name a few. Her work has appeared in many publications including titles from Die Gestalten (Berlin), Scientific American, and The FWA, where she was named a “Digital Pioneer.” Ingram has written tutorials on digital design for Computer Arts magazine and New Riders publications. She has presented her work globally at Synbiobeta (London), the AIGA (New Orleans), Flash in the Can (Toronto), Biofabricate (New York), Synberc (MIT) and SXSW (Austin, TX).