Christina Agapakis

Christina Agapakis Ginkgo Bioworks

Christina is a biologist, writer, and artist interested in microbes and the future of biotechnology. She collaborates with engineers, designers, artists, and social scientists to explore the many unexpected connections between microbiology, technology, art, and popular culture. During her PhD at Harvard, she worked on producing hydrogen fuel in bacteria and making photosynthetic animals. She has taught designers at the Art Center College of Design and biomolecular engineers at UCLA, and once made cheese using bacteria from the human body. She has written on biology, technology, and culture for a number of outlets and is a founding editor of Method Quarterly, a magazine about science in the making. She is currently the creative director at Ginkgo Bioworks, an organism design company that is bringing biology to industrial engineering.