Tal Danino's research explores the emerging field of synthetic biology.  Stemming from his scientific background, he transforms living microorganisms like bacteria and cancer cells into bio-art works using various forms of media.  His recent projects were featured in The New York Times, Nature, and WIRED.  Originally from Los Angeles, Tal received B.S. degrees in Physics, Math, and Chemistry from UCLA and a Ph.D. in Bioengineering from UCSD. He did his postdoctoral research at MIT and is a TED Fellow. He is currently an Assistant Professor at Columbia University where he directs the Synthetic Biological Systems Laboratory.


Selected Exhibitions

Microuniverse, Vitenparken (As, Norway), 2017

Microuniverse, Being Material (Cambridge, MA), 2017 [TED Ideas]

Microuniverse, Eyebeam (New York, NY) 2016 [VICE]

Microuniverse, Flux Factory (New York, NY), 2016

Microuniverse, Motorhouse (Baltimore, MD), 2016

HER, The Waterfall Mansion (New York, NY), 2016

#techstyle, Boston Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, MA), 2016 [Medium]

Colonies, The Hague (Netherlands), 2016 [New York Times]

Colonies, The High Museum (Atlanta, GA), 2016 [New York Times]

Colonies, Xippas (Paris, France), 2015

Colonies, Tel Aviv Museum of Art (Tel Aviv, Israel), 2015

Colonies, Nara Roesler (Sao Paolo, Brazil), 2015 [VICE]

Quorum, MIT Media Lab (Cambridge, MA), 2015 [The Atlantic]

You Can Call me F, The Kitchen (New York, NY), 2015 [VICE]

Colonies, Nichido (Tokyo, Japan), 2014

Supernova, Koch Institute Galley (Cambridge, MA), 2014


Selected Talks

Being Material, Cambridge, MA (2017)

Biotrans, University of Granrio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2017, Keynote)

Biofabricate, New York, NY (2016, invited)

Active Matter at MIT, Cambridge, MA (2016, invited)


Selected Publications

Moon, S.∗, Fritz, I.∗, Singer, Z.∗, Danino, T. Controlling spatial patterning of bacteria via screen printing. 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing 3(4); 194-203 (2016)


For more information about bacteria images, please contact taldanino at gmail dot com