In our collaboration we have created a dress and body adornment which reflect the structure and dynamic nature of the cell nucleus. Both pieces draw particular inspiration from the process of nuclear envelope budding, a newly discovered RNA transport mechanism. In addition the dress is composed of two distinct layers, representing the two structural layers of the nuclear periphery.

D: Ana Thompson

Ana Thompson is a Colombian designer based in London, with a background in Industrial Design and an MA in Jewellery Design with distinction from the Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media & Design. She blends her interest in the exploration of new technologies and production processes, with her fascination for revealing hidden beauty found in the unseen macro-micro world. Her designs capture form, shape, lattices and patterns discovered in her perception of the macro-micro world that surrounds us.

S: Sean Speese

I received my PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of Utah in 2005. My scientific interests are driven by where the biology leads me and where a microscope allows me to go. My graduate work was split between two model systems, Drosophila and C. elegans. In both systems I concentrated on the molecular mechanisms of synaptic transmission and its modulation. During my postdoctoral work at UMASS Medical School I studied a pathway that regulates activity dependent synapse to nuclear signaling. This work has led to the discovery of an endogenous nuclear mRNA export pathway that was previously though to be utilized only by viruses.