Sonja Bäumel works across various disciplines including art, design, fashion and biological practice. Sonja studied Fashion Design at the Fashion Institute of Vienna, and holds a Bachelor in Arts from the University of Arts of Linz, as well as a Master from the Design Academy Eindhoven. Her work has been exhibited internationally in e.g. Ars Electronica Center (AT), Anthology Film Archives New York (USA), MAK Museum of Applied Arts (AT), Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei (TW) or ZKM Center for Art and Media (DE). She is co-founder of the Dunbar’s Number collective (2011), member of Pavillion35 (2012) collective based in Vienna, and of the WNDRLUST (2013) collective based in Amsterdam. Sonja is heading the Jewellery – linking bodies Department at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. She is lecturing and giving workshops in various international Institutions and Universities.
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Helen Blackwell investigates bacterial communication using the tools of both chemistry and biology. She attended Oberlin College for her undergraduate studies, pursued her graduate studies in organic chemistry at the California Institute of Technology, and did postdoctoral work in chemical biology at Harvard. She has been a faculty member at the University of Wisconsin–Madison since 2002, where she is currently Professor of Chemistry. Helen leads a research program focused on the role chemical signals in bacterial interactions and infectious disease. Over the past decade, her research team has developed a range of synthetic compounds that allow her to intercept a key cell-cell signaling pathway in bacteria called “quorum sensing.” She is also a dedicated educator in the undergraduate chemistry mission of her Department.
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