Coalesce Personnel

Paul Vanouse

Coalesce Lab Director

Paul Vanouse is a Professor of Art at the University at Buffalo, where he heads the program in Emerging Practices. Interdisciplinarity and impassioned amateurism guide his art practice. His biological and interactive media projects have been exhibited in over 25 countries and widely across the US. His recent projects, “Latent Figure Protocol”, “Ocular Revision” and “Suspect Inversion Center” use molecular biology techniques to challenge “genome-hype” and to engage issues surrounding DNA fingerprinting, particularly the idea the most authoritative image of our time, the DNA fingerprint, is somehow natural. He has a BFA from the University at Buffalo and an MFA from Carnegie Mellon University.

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Paul Vanouse


Department of Art

202 Center For The Arts

Phone: (716) 645-0532


Solon Morse

Coalesce Lab Manager

Solon Morse is the Coalesce Laboratory manager. His interests include evolutionary biology, ecology, and conservation. His research includes the gonservation genetics and of several amphibian species of special concern in New York, the evolution and ecology of the microbiome in blood-feeding ectoparasites of bats, and the landscape ecology, population dynamics and conservation of neotropical migratory birds in the Midwest. Solon has a PhD in Evolutionary Biology from the University at Buffalo and a Master’s in Ecology from the University of Illinois.

Solon Morse

Coalesce Lab Manager

Genome, Environment and Microbiome

308 Hochstetter Hall

Phone: 716-645-9121


Leonardo Aranda Brito

Coalesce Laboratory Teaching Assistant

Media artist graduated from the Faculty of Arts at the UAEM. He studied the masters in philosophy at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. He is director of Medialabmx, a non-profit organization focused on the links between art, technology and social change. He has exhibited in various mayor venues in Mexico, and internationally in countries like Russia, Austria, Spain, Canada and Brazil. In 2015 he was part of the curatorial team of the Transitio_MX 06 International Electronic Arts Festival. In 2016 he participated in IDEAS CITY Detroit from the New Museum. More recently he participated in Interactivos?’17 at the Medialab-Prado, Madrid and Radical Networks in NY. Currently he is studying a PhD in Media Study at SUNY at Buffalo where he serves as Research Assistant at the Center for Architecture and Situated Technologies and Coalesce Center for Biological Art.


Department of Media Study

231 Center for the Arts | 321 Hayes Hall


Scientific Advisory Committee

Katharina Dittmar

Associate Professor; Director EEB Graduate Program

Department of Biological Sciences

125A Hochstetter

Phone: (716) 645-4912


Richard Gronostajski

Professor of Biochemistry; Director of the Genetics, Genomics & Bioinformatics Graduate Program; Director, Western New York Stem Cell Culture and Analysis Center

Department of Biochemistry

701 Ellicott St. Room 3-303, Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: (716) 829-3471


Marc Halfon


Department of Biochemistry

B3-307 COEBLS, 701 Elliott St, Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: (716) 829-3126


Gerald Koudelka

Professor; Chair

Department of Biology

607 Cooke Hall

Phone: (716) 645-4940


Jeffrey M Lackner

Professor of Medicine

Behavioral Medicine Clinic

462 Grider Street, Buffalo, NY 14215

Phone: (716) 898-5671


Tao Liu

Assistant Professor; Adjunct Assistant Professor

Biochemistry; Biostatistics

B2-163 COEBLS, 701 Elliott St, Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: (716) 829-2749


Norma Nowak

Co-director, Genome, Environment and Microbiome Community of Excellence; Executive Director, NYS Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics & Life Sciences

Department of Biochemistry

701 Elliott St, Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: (716) 881-8900


Heather M Ochs-Balcom

Assistant Professor

Dept of Epidemiology and Environmental Health

268D Farber Hall

Phone: (716) 829-2975


Lauren Sassoubre

Assistant Professor

Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering

230 Jarvis Hall

Phone: (716) 645-1810


Jennifer Surtees

Co-director, Genome, Environment and Microbiome Community of Excellence; Associate Professor

Department of Biochemistry

140 Farber Hall

Phone: (716) 829-6083


Elizabeth Wohlfert

Assistant Professor

Microbiology and Immunology

251 Biomedical Research Building

Phone: (716) 829-3969


Coalesce Center for Biological Art

308 Hochstetter Hall | UB North Campus | 716-645-9121