Christina Agapakis

Christina Agapakis is a biologist, writer, and artist interested in microbes, symbiosis, and the future of biotechnology. Her scientific work explores the role of ecology, evolution, and design in microbial synthetic biology. She has a PhD in bioengineering from Harvard, where she worked on producing hydrogen fuel in bacteria and making photosynthetic animals.

Her writing addresses topics in microbiology and biotechnology for outlets such as Scientific American, Discover, Popular Science, Omni, The Toast, Re:Form, and Lucky Peach. Writing for a broad audience, she explores the many unexpected connections between microbiology, technology, art, and popular culture. Her artwork likewise connects biology, technology, and culture through multimedia explorations of the environment, microbes, food, and the body. Her work is interdisciplinary and collaborative, and she works with artists and designers from many fields as a resident with the Synthetic Aesthetics project and a fellow at the UCLA Art|Science Center + Lab.

She is currently a partner at the biological design consultancy Icosahedron Labs and an adjunct professor of media design practices at Art Center College of Design.