Christiana Gardikioti

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Founder - The Meraki People - Greece

Christiana Gardikioti is a Theatre trained person, an Educator, an MBA Chartered Manageress and a Social Entrepreneur. She has broad experience in cross-cultural projects. She has been a Financial Planner with Investors Group in Canada and an NYSE trader with Merrill Lynch in Athens. While developing an affinity with the Agricultural Sector she served as a Board Member of the International Sprout Growers Association.

Khady Sall

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Khadidiatou Sall’s research explores biotechnology, genomics and hardware technology and how these can be used to solve social issues related to climate change, lack of access education and health care in Africa. In 2016, she has founded SeeSD (Science Education Exchange for Sustainable Development), an organization that provides access to STEAM learning opportunities. SeeSD who has empowered over 2000 people, is promoting STEAM education by challenging the current education system in Senegal and proposing solutions that are more hands-on, adapted to the local context and focused on providing skills from a young age. Khadidiatou Sall is also the founder of Ubbil, an innovation lab that is working on creating a human resource that is creative, innovative and capable of solving Africa social issues through education, research and development.

Ravi Ramanathan

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Ravi Ramanathan believes strongly that ‘bio’ is still waiting to be unleashed as a creative expression of and contribution from most people and democratizing access will be the key to its Cambrian explosion. Towards this, he is building tools and communities from South India where he is originally from and has now settled back in.

Ravi studied undergraduate industrial biotechnology from one of the top institutes in India. He then worked in several leading institutions in USA and Europe, doing cutting edge research in several areas including nanobiotech and protein sciences. His stay in Europe was funded through the prestigious Marie Curie Research Grants where he led several research projects in high performance computing, applying modelling and simulations for the study of protein nano-machines in order to understand and engineer them. He has moved back to India for the past three years where he has been working towards developing affordable point of care diagnostic solutions for decentralized healthcare. He regularly interacts with students and mentors them, acts as jury in several events such as biohackathons happening at the university ecosystem in South India. He is also very interested in entrepreneurship and works with several startups and entrepreneurs.

Isis Eich

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Isis Eich works in the R&D of biotech products. She is a specialist in Biotechnology, Bachelor in Science and Technology, futurist and entrepreneur who has been engaged in the educational community, TV program production, as well as developing and promoting citizen science for more than a decade in both public and private spaces.

Her areas of expertise are Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, with a special interest in CRISPR and De Novo Synthesis. A Polymath, she also holds a degree in Strategy in Foreign Trade, focusing on technology transfer. Co-founder and science director of two American biotech startups: Portunus and Solarpunk Labs, as well as head of Iearth Ventures and Portunus Brazil; consultant of Genobank, a biotechnology Blockchain company based in San Francisco (CA); in addition to collaborating with the development of technologies for personalized medicine; and group orientation in projects aimed at product development in Biotechnology. She is also the head of the “Cores do Brasil” (Colors of Brazil) campaign, a nation wide project about genome sequencing and the privacy of biodata while aiming to map Brazilian ancestry. All the biological info will be owned by the donor of the sample and will be handled through the Blockchain.

Chan'nel Vestergaard

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Chan’nel is the founder of Littlepinkmaker, a non profit company that creates non-formal educational workshops in educational settings for the general public and beyond. Littlepinkmaker has guest lectured at various educational providers,as well as kick start other bio-enthusiasts careers within life science. She has presented at Afer IGEM, IDA - Copenhagen, Barcelona maker faire and at various universities worldwide.

Chan’nel is the current chair for the community biolab Co-Lab,Copenhagen, which utilizes the bionetwork within Denmark to inspire everyone into science. Before Littlepinkmaker, Chan’nel was an intern at Copenhagen Fablab, she is 100% self taught in all areas of science, textiles and digital fabrication tools.Chan’nel faced many challenges whilst a teenager which influenced her career later on as an adult, however, she now is a torch bearer for open sourced education and non formal education, with a speciality in materiality and sustainability.

With her own personal goal to open up a facility dedicated to people like herself with the aim of education, career guidance and demystifying science for all.Chan’nel’s current research is based around biomaterials, with an open source project launching in the near future to engage learning anywhere, and in anyplace using local waste materials.

David Sun Kong

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David Sun Kong is a Synthetic Biologist, community organizer, musician, and photographer based in Lexington, MA. He is the Director of the MIT Media Lab's new Community Biotechnology Initiative. Our mission: empowering communities through biotechnology.

David conducted his graduate studies at MIT’s Media Lab, receiving a Master's degree for developing technology for printing nanostructures with energetic beams and a Ph.D. for demonstrating the first gene synthesis in a microfluidic (“lab-on-a-chip”) system. He was recognized as an emerging leader in synthetic biology as a "LEAP" fellow, served as a guest faculty member at the Marine Biology Lab in Woods Hole, MA, and is co-founder and managing faculty of "How To Grow (Almost) Anything, an international course on synthetic biology.

He founded and chaired new Microfluidic and Hardware Tracks for the International Genetically Engineered Machines Competition (iGEM) and is the official iGEM DJ. He was Technical Staff in the Bioengineering Systems & Technologies group at MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory and a founding member of the synthetic biology team. He is also the founder of Metafluidics, an open repository for fluidic systems.

He has also worked as a community organizer for more than a decade and is the founder and director of EMW, a new art, technology, and community space in Cambridge, MA. EMW's mission is to empower communities through the transformative power of artistic expression. We emphasize serving marginalized communities and develop all of our programming with values rooted in social justice. Our community programs explore expressive forms ranging from poetry to electronic music, beatboxing to bio-hacking and more.

David has performed as a DJ, beat-boxer, vocalist, and rapper at hundreds of venues, including South by Southwest, the Staples Center in Los Angeles, and Brooklyn Bowl, where he opened for Tonight Show band-leader and hip hop legend Questlove. He is also an award-winning vocal arranger and producer. His photography has been exhibited at the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian, the Japanese American National Museum, and other museums and galleries across the country.

Elliot Roth

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Elliot is the founder of Spira, a company that creates delicious spirulina as an ingredient for food companies. Spira has received awards from RebelBio, Lighthouse Labs, the World Food Programme, Halcyon Incubator, BeGreen, CommBeBiz, and NSF. He has presented at SXSW, Synbiobeta and Thought for Food. Elliot is a Kairos Fellow, a Seasteading Ambassador, and sits on the Virginia Governor’s Council for Youth Entrepreneurship. Before Spira, Elliot graduated with a degree in biomedical engineering; he trained at the Stanford d.School, studied synthetic biology for 10 years and worked for 5 years as a product consultant. He previously founded 6 failed startups, 3 DIYbio labs, and 2 successful nonprofits and raised over $500,000 for various startups. He is incredibly motivated to solve physiological needs using simple biological design. In his spare time he plays music, and is working on side projects to launch raw materials into space, make firefighting airships and open-access health clinics on the ocean.

Knowledge Chikundi

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Knowledge Chikundi is the Founder and Director of the Zimbabwe Science Fair, an educational platform that offers Zimbabwean passionate young scientists and innovators the opportunity to learn, connect and solve humanity’s grand challenges. He is also the founder Africa Science Buskers Festival, which is Africa’s only existing international science communication competition for primary and high school students and teachers. Knowledge spends most of his time promoting science education through science shows and workshops for students and teachers in primary and high schools in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi and Botswana.

In 2018, Knowledge Chikundi was awarded the Cornell Alliance for Science Fellowship by Cornell University. The Fellowship immersed him in modern biotechnology issues and opportunities, leading to his staunch interest in synthetic biology and community bio lab movement. Chikundi is now working to start the first ever community lab in Zimbabwe under Noor Academy. Noor Academy is a community of young innovators and scientists working to solve grand challenges using exponential technologies in Zimbabwe.

Knowledge Chikundi strongly believes that the Community Bio movement is a great opportunity to create an access pool for toolsets, skillsets, ingredients and mindsets to empower Zimbabwean communities to tackle the grand challenges.

Masato Takemura

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Masato Takemura. Managing FabLab in Hamamatsu-city, Japan since 2014. Took the global course of Digital Fabrication by FabFoundation, “FabAcademy” in 2014. In 2016, took the course of BioAcademy. He has long experience on FabLab community and collaboration workshop with local government. Teaching soldering, programming, 3D-printing, 3D-modeling. He is helping for setting up a new FabLab in Hamamatsu science museum and Rwanda. He is trying to add a bio experimental facilities in the labs for education.

He has developed some agricultural tools because his FabLab is located in agricultural area and have relation with farmer. Field monitoring system by drone, Auto steering system for tractor, Sampling machine of bacteria on the crops, Weeding robot in the rice field. As a next project, He is trying to grow mushroom for 2 years but never succeeded.

Kazi Shahreena Rahman

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Which biochemical molecules wash up on beaches? NUCLEOTIDES! These are the kind of jokes you’d expect to hear from Shahreena, a biotech-enthusiast and undergrad at North South University in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Her current position as a Biotech Consultant and Researcher at Bioforge has helped her acknowledge the lack of proper medical utensils for the underprivileged, and has in turn motivated her to help produce existing medical solutions for the masses in Bangladesh at an affordable price.

As a trained mental health first aider, she understands the importance of mental hygiene and how to bring about mindfulness into our everyday life. As a Biology Teacher and with the knowledge of biohacking, Shahreena has made her students, some of whom had difficulty with their studies, fall in love with the subject. When she is not molding young minds as a Biology Teacher, she is binge watching Sci-Fi and Rom-Com movies. Her love for food and culture has taken her on adventures in and out of Bangladesh.

Ana Laura Cantera

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Ana Laura Cantera is a bioelectronic artist who researches fungi communication through digital information in artistic projects. She has a Master degree in Electronic Arts at UNTREF (National University of Tres de Febrero/Argentina) and a  Bachelor degree in Fine Arts at UNA (National University of Arts). She is one of the foundress and researcher of Mycocrea -design with mycelium and being livings- at Instituto Baikal of Buenos Aires and of Biohacking-BA community.

She focuses on the co-creation concept in which tiny living beings modifies, determines and contributes the development of an artwork, as a way of­­­­ questioning and making a conceptual turning point in the anthropocentric thinking. She works with the transdisciplinary factors that are constituted as crucial in the moment to rethink these kinds of art projects as time passing by, the concept of ruins, disappearance, conditioning and death, the contextual determinism and the technological implications of new media. ­­Nowadays, she is working with territory resignification though poetic actions visualizing invisible information of the environment as pollution though a biorobot.

She has exhibited her bioartworks in Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela, Mexico, Canada, Israel, Iran, France, Spain and Mongolia and has received several recognitions and international awards. https://www.analauracantera.com.ar/

Alison Stringer

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Alison is a biotech innovator, environmental entrepreneur, and leader in DIYBio, open science, open data, and science education communities in New Zealand and beyond. Her many credits include co-founding Greenspark (Greenspark.nz), Genomics Aotearoa NZ (Genomics.nz), and co-founding the Space and Science Festival Trust, which runs an annual week of hands-on science/tech education events across New Zealand. She is also a Director of her family forestry company.

David Chaupis-Meza

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D’Chaupis is a freelance researcher in computational neuroscience and biotechnology; currently, he works on regenerative medicine by designing nutraceutical products and low-cost DIY scaffolds to artificial tissues, for instance, human skin in burn wounds. Also, he works in computer science using molecular dynamic models to evaluates new ligand targets to brain ischemia neuroprotection. He is a CTIO & Co-Founder of BioGeniaLab and one of the leaders in biotechnology from Latin America by Allbiotech (2017, the first generation).

One of his main vision is connecting disruptive community labs in a great latin-ecosystem network based on a cultural integration model by bringing together: science, art, technology, and social entrepreneurship. In this latter project, known as the Red FestiLab, he believes that it is possible empowering our society with activism of citizen participation making open access festivals. Moreover, he is an active biohacker whose explorations involves bioart like the synthesization of molecular sounds in algorithmic music and one project of citizen science like the immersive muralism of 3D molecules by using augmented reality (www). These are his developments on open science to impulse the democratization of knowledge.

Harry Akligoh

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Harry Akligoh is a researcher with the Open Bioeconomy Lab and technical associate at Kumasi Hive in Ghana. He trained as a professional biomedical scientist and worked for a year in the clinical diagnostic sector in Ghana. Harry is currently mobilizing the open science community in Africa through the Africa Open Science Hardware Summit (Africa OSH) to democratize the use and adoption of DIY Bio/community bio to drive biology research necessary for harnessing the power of Africa's biotechnology industry in education and research. His research with the Open Bioeconomy Lab focuses on understanding the molecular biology reagent accessibility issues in Africa and exploring business models around the local bio-manufacturing of these enzymes as an alternative for creating an open, sustainable and equitable bio-economy in Africa.

Harry before getting more involved in molecular biology research and innovation using OSH principles as a model was leading a student organization that was democratizing STEM education in Ghana by organizing hack sessions for primary school kids in Ghana which he currently does with the Prac-Science Lab in Kumasi, Ghana. Currently, Harry’s work involves a part-time consultancy with the Africa Health Innovation Centre (AHIC) as a research fellow.

Nieves Cubo

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Nieves is a researcher, currently finishing her PhD at the National Research Council of Spain (CSIC) and at the Technische Universität of Dresden (TUD).

She researches in the field of human tissue regeneration through bioprinting, for exploratory missions (Moon and Mars), as well as for Earth applications (alternatives to animal experimentation, prosthesis, tissue engineering, etc). Along with her studies, she developed a low-cost DIY bioprinter able to create functional human skin. Since that moment, she started her own parallel path in the development of DIY tools and protocols to create basic and affordable equipment for research and clinics.

One of her ambitions is to connect and create synergies between academia, citizen scientist and biohackers. That is why she created openbioprinting.org, trying to create a community and a platform where all interested people, regardless of their affiliation or studies, can exchange knowledge, questions and scientific strategies to overcome the current limitations in the development of human tissues, a technology that must be accessible for everyone in the years to come.

Janette Edson

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Janette Edson had small beginnings, growing up in a tiny town in rural Queensland, Australia. From there she's journeyed through the dawn of genomic era - sequencing wallabies, developing new DNA identification methods for forensics, studying the genetic secrets in long dead creatures, using genetics to understand the mind and most recently, how to software engineering and genetics may be integrated.

In light of seeing how many questions there are, and how limited academia can be, Janette started looking outside of the traditional research environment for ways to do science and to get like minds together. Janette is a bit of a tinkerer, and was looking for a way to do creative science outside the confines of traditional academia.

Having discovered the incredible world of community biology in 2016, Janette is now on a mission to establish a biohacking community in Brisbane, Australia and see science taken to the next level in her local community. As well as a passion for genetics, Janette loves all things creative - music, art, writing, cooking. Also a bit of green thumb and passionate about nature. Janette hopes to help the community biology prosper, and the lines between art, science and society blur.

Mar Alzamora

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Musician, sound artist, writer, educator, and cultural manager. Advocate of transdisciplinary arts, new music and sound studies. For her, the creative practice is the deepest and most transformative vehicle to build a community, so she organizes thematic soundwalks, community Open Mics, creative writing workshops and has also tailored many cultural and artistic projects overtime including orchestras, chamber ensembles, festivals and international exchange programs. She is a published writer and her work can be found in many anthologies worldwide.

Co-founder of Itsmeña Youth Symphony Orchestra, Paisaxe Chamber Ensemble, ArtTIC Electronic Arts Festival and co-coordinator of Ars Amandi International Poetry Festival. Since 2013, she is part of the artivist group El Kolectivo. She has also served as adviser, cultural liaison and coordinator for several institutions such as U.S Embassy in Panama, L'Alliance Française de Panama and the Panamanian Chamber of Books.

At the moment, she is teaching young minds the power of music and language. She is certified in the Deep Listening®, Nada Yoga and broadcasting. She holds a BA in Music (Arizona State University) and a Master's Degree in Sociocultural Animation and Community Development.

Xavier-Lewis Palmer

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Xavier-Lewis Palmer is a biomedical engineering doctoral student at Old Dominion University, which is located in Norfolk, Virginia. He has a strong passion for regenerative medicine and policy, with experience and publications in MEMS, breast cancer, and tissue engineering research; the main focus of his doctoral work concerns the normal mammary microenvironment in relation to the suppression of breast cancer. His undergraduate research ignited and accelerated his exposure to a variety of interdisciplinary experiences between industry and the government, while his experiences participating in and working with community bio initiatives and startups, such as Biologik and minoHealth, continue to foster his appreciation for grassroots innovation and community engagement. These combined experiences also were and continue to be influential in shifting his focus to a more globally minded, interdisciplinary mix and application of engineering and biology. In between research and classes, he likes to mentor other students, offer consultation on projects, and participate in community bio initiatives to learn and further biotech engagement. He believes that in this ever complex world, one needs to remain immersed in technology whenever and wherever the innovation is occurring and try to get more people involved. Otherwise, we are all missing out on the fun.