Laura Maria Gonzalez is an architect and multidisciplinary designer whose work spans the fields of generative design, computation, synthetic biology, and additive manufacturing. She is a teaching fellow in the Department of Architecture at MIT and a research collaborator at the MIT Media Lab in the Community Biotechnology initiative. Her current work leverages emerging technologies in computation and synthetic biology to design and fabricate living materials that address the environmental impact of the building sector by fostering a dialogue between humans and microorganisms.
Previously Laura has practiced as an architectural professional at Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill in New York City and London. She holds a Master of Science in Design from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a BArch from Carnegie Mellon University. Her research has been supported by numerous fellowships and grants, including the W. Danforth Compton Memorial Fellowship, the Floyd Naramore Fellowship, and the Programmable Mud Initiative.
Using the clank-lz, an open source PCB milling machine, to mill microfluidic chips that can be used to keep bacteria alive.
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.
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.