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.

Web site: www.paulvanouse.com

 

Paul Vanouse

Director

Department of Art

202 Center For The Arts

Phone: (716) 645-0532

Email: vanouse@buffalo.edu

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

Email: smorse@buffalo.edu

Coalesce Laboratory Teaching Assistant

Rian Hammond is a transdisciplinary artist and researcher. Their work explores the myth of scientific objectivity by focusing on the often unseen interplay between scientific advancement and cultural production, technological progress and desire. In 2015 Rian got involved at a DIY//DIWO biohack space called the Baltimore Underground Science Space where their practice shifted from working primarily with digital media to performing interventions in biological media and living organisms. It was here that their recent long term project, Open Source Gendercodes began. OSG focuses on the intersection of gender variation and technoscience, tracing histories of steroid hormones, and performing science within them. By developing novel hormone production technologies, OSG attempts to queer current regimes of ownership and bio-power. The project has been presented in a series of public talks and online publications. Most notably OSG was featured in Morehshin Allahyari and Daniel Rourke’s “Additivist Cookbook,” in a talk at the 2016 Creative Time Summit in Washington DC, in an edition of the magazine Ecocore curated by the Institute for Queer Ecology, as well as having been presented through public talks at the Baltimore Underground Science Space, MassArt, and MICA, HANGAR Barcelona, and Hallwalls of Buffalo NY.

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Rian Visscher Hammond

Department of Art

202 Center For The Arts

Email: ryanviss@buffalo.edu

Coalesce Laboratory Teaching Assistant

I came to US  in 2001  and was determined to pursue my dream of being an artist. My work revolves around the complexity of nature and global environmental consciousness, in which living organisms are the major part of my ideas. Through bio-processing and collaboration with living matter  (mycelium, bioluminescent algae, glowing E.Coli and other ) combined with usage of modern technologies (CNC machines) I create interactive installations, visual displays, and sculptures to engage the viewer into becoming more aware of the world around us and push to rethink their place as a ‘sapiens’ part of Earth’s Superorganism. As a part of my art practice I use microscopes with the primary idea of merging scales; colliding the visible and invisible worlds at the point of human perception which brings me closer to the understanding of the interconnections between them.

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Darya Warner

Department of Art

202 Center For The Arts

Email: daryawarner@gmail.com

Scientific Advisory Committee

Katharina Dittmar

Associate Professor; Director EEB Graduate Program

Department of Biological Sciences

125A Hochstetter

Phone: (716) 645-4912

Email: kd52@buffalo.edu

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

Email: rgron@buffalo.edu

Marc Halfon

Professor

Department of Biochemistry

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

Phone: (716) 829-3126

Email: mshalfon@buffalo.edu

Gerald Koudelka

Professor; Chair

Department of Biology

607 Cooke Hall

Phone: (716) 645-4940

Email: koudelka@buffalo.edu

Jeffrey M Lackner

Professor of Medicine

Behavioral Medicine Clinic

462 Grider Street, Buffalo, NY 14215

Phone: (716) 898-5671

Email: lackner@buffalo.edu

Tao Liu

Assistant Professor; Adjunct Assistant Professor

Biochemistry; Biostatistics

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

Phone: (716) 829-2749

Email: tliu4@buffalo.edu

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

Email: njnowak@buffalo.edu

Heather M Ochs-Balcom

Assistant Professor

Dept of Epidemiology and Environmental Health

268D Farber Hall

Phone: (716) 829-2975

Email: hmochs2@buffalo.edu

Lauren Sassoubre

Assistant Professor

Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering

230 Jarvis Hall

Phone: (716) 645-1810

Email: lsassoub@buffalo.edu

Jennifer Surtees

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

Department of Biochemistry

140 Farber Hall

Phone: (716) 829-6083

Email: jsurtees@buffalo.edu

Elizabeth Wohlfert

Assistant Professor

Microbiology and Immunology

251 Biomedical Research Building

Phone: (716) 829-3969

Email: wohlfert@buffalo.edu

Coalesce Center for Biological Art

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