Art in the Lab (Falling in Love with Bacteria)

Memo Berkmen, Artist, Staff Scientist at New England Bio Labs

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0:00 How did it begin?

5:30 Why bacteria

9:55 They’re very cunning

12:50 A biotech artist-in-residence?

Today’s guest makes time to create beauty in the lab. Memo Berkmen is a bacterial artist along with being a staff scientist at New England Bio Labs. He and his colleague, Maria Penil, were the winners of the American Society for Microbiology’s agar art contest in 2015. Their felicitous relationship with the unseen, often unnoticed, world of ancient organisms fills us with wonder and inspiration.


Bacteria art by Memo Berkmen, Maria Penil

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