BIOCEMENT

Bacterial biocement offers a living material that can potentially mitigate the excessive use of concrete. Unlike concrete, this material does not require heat and can be grown in a week with human assistance.

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ACT

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SENSE

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FABRICATE

ABOUT

Hi! My name is Laura Maria Gonzalez. I'm an architect and multidisciplinary designer researching design, computation, synthetic biology, and additive manufacturing.

My work currently focuses on the use of engineered living materials for sensing, actuating, and fabricating in the built environment. Through microbes, I believe we can develop organic interactive systems that will help us improve ecosystem health.

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CLANK MICROFLUIDICS

Using the clank-lz, an open source PCB milling machine, to mill microfluidic chips that can be used to keep bacteria alive.

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CULTIVATING S.PASTEURII

Busy summer days in the MIT bio-maker space preparing media, plating bacteria, and making liquid cultures of S.Pasteurii - a bacteria that offers bio-cementation potential.

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A LIGHT GENETIC CIRCUIT

Transforming E.coli cells with a photoreceptor that expresses a blue color pigment when exposed to blue light! Developed for the bacteria shading project.

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