2013-14 3_Bacterial Cultures

Designing for the Microscale. [updated 01/14/14] Bacteria are everywhere. Rich communities of microbes thrive in the soil, in water, in air, on every surface, and every part of the body. Over the past decade, enabled by advances in gene sequencing and biotechnological tools, our relationship with these microorganisms is changing. Instead of designing ways to eliminate bacteria and protect ourselves from germs, how might we design to re-introduce microbes into our daily lives? In the future, how will we design for the microbial superorganism?

Guest collaborator: Dr. Christina Agapakis, Hirsch Lab, Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, UCLA