science meets creativity 

Katia Tarasava is a PhD scientist working at the intersection of Synthetic Biology and Materials Science and Engineering.  She works on engineering microbes to create new materials and degrade plastic, hoping that one day these microbes will save the planet.  When she is not in the lab, she rock climbs and writes about science, culture, trends in biotechnology, and art.  Her lifelong goal is to reconcile the division between art and science by bringing creativity into research and seeing beauty in the daily life of a scientist.  

All images on the website are original photography and artwork. 

Microcosmos
Microcosmos

Bacterial colonies expressing green fluorescent protein

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Under the black light
Under the black light

Looking at a petri dish with a UV flashlight

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Light in your hands
Light in your hands

Concentrated fluorescing bacterial pellets

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