OpenPlant Forum 2017 Speaker

Dr Philip Carella

I recently completed my PhD in Dr. Robin Cameron’s lab (McMaster University, Canada), where I studied phloem-mediated long-distance immune signalling induced by a bacterial pathogen in Arabidopsis thaliana. Feeling a need to branch out a little, I joined Dr. Sebastian Schornack’s group (Sainsbury Laboratory, University of Cambridge, UK) to study interactions between filamentous microbes and non-vascular early land plants. Our goal is to identify core developmental processes required for the colonization of early land plant tissues by filamentous microbes and to understand how these processes evolved into the defense and symbiotic programs employed by higher plants. Our work will generate transcriptomics data, fluorescent marker lines and microbe inducible promoters for cell biology, and other molecular-genetic tools that will enable the OpenPlant community to explore early land plant biology.

Karen Ingram

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Karen Ingram is a creative director, designer and artist who uses her skill set to promote scientific awareness. She has a keen interest in the field of synthetic biology. Karen co-authored “Biobuilder: Synthetic Biology in the Lab” (O’Reilly, 2015), a synthetic biology curriculum in which she crafted visual elements and teaching aides. As a Synthetic Biology LEAP Fellow, Karen is recognized as an emerging leader in synthetic biology.

She is a long-time planning committee member of SXSW Interactive, where she focuses on topics such as the overlap of science and art, emerging biotechnologies, and their effects on society. Since 2012, she has co-organized Brooklyn-based science cabaret The Empiricist League. She is also a creative strategy instructor for NYU SHERP’s Entrepreneurial Science Journalism course.

A veteran in the world of digital design, advertising, and marketing, Ingram has worked at Campfire, McCann Erikson, and UNICEF, to name a few. Her work has appeared in many publications including titles from Die Gestalten, Scientific American, and The FWA, where she was named a “Digital Pioneer.” Ingram has written tutorials on digital design for Computer Arts magazine and New Riders publications. She has presented her work globally in venues including Synbiobeta, the AIGA, Flash in the Can, Biofabricate, Synberc, and SXSW.