Bio-materials: A Sampler

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Bio Art workshop with Oliver Medvedik, Ph.D.
Free and open to all SVA students, faculty and staff.
*Limited availability

This very hands-on and team-based workshop will introduce the student to novel biological materials isolated from organisms that will be used in the design and building of bioluminescent and fluorescent displays and the fabrication of grown structures. We will be working with both genetically engineered and naturally occurring organisms. We will learn the basic techniques of genetic engineering and will modify bacteria to induce fluorescent and bioluminescent protein and pigment production. Participants will also learn proper sterile techniques in growing bacterial and fungal cultures. The products of our living cultures will be used as part of a class project to design and build bio-fluorescent displays along with rigid scaffolding produced by fungal mycelia and flexible surfaces produced by cellulose secreting bacteria.