CEO & Founder at New York Botanics, LLC, an ornamental plant genetic engineering start-up located in New York City. He is also an independent researcher for the education-oriented biotech non-profit, Binomica Labs. His research focuses on the nutritional requirements of life and the metabolic basis of speciation as well as the development of open source hardware, wetware, and thoughtware for use in the molecular biology setting both formal and amateur.
Lab Technician and Material Advisor
Tarah Rhoda runs the School of Visual Arts Bio Art Lab in NYC, a BSL-1 laboratory that provides artists with the tools of biology for creative applications. Through investigations of the body as a miniature world, her work yanks at the scale of self in nature’s reflection. She often harnesses biological in order to calibrate the body’s array of landscapes, weather patterns, and systems of self-maintenance that produce a spectrum of artifacts. Literally ‘mining’ herself as an archeological site, she adapts such extractions into poetic reflections and devices, often utilizing laboratory protocols to set the stage.