‘I believe a collaborative and efficient lab can address both educational and research demands.’
Serena is Lab Manager at the Material Incubator within the Biobased Art and Design Research group and the Centre of Expertise Biobased Economy.
Serena studied Biology in Milan, Italy, and has worked in the field of biomedical science in clinical laboratories and in academia.
During her PhD she investigated the molecular pathways triggered by visible light in the context of hair regeneration and skin rejuvenation at Philips Research, NL, and the Centre for Skin Sciences, UK.
As Research Technician at the Biomedical Engineering department of TU/Eindhoven, she supported research projects in the cardiac regeneration field, and was also involved in the coordination of practical courses running in the lab.
In her new role as lab manager, Serena aims to foster a collaborative and efficient laboratory environment, addressing both operational and educational needs.
Research Group: Biobased Art and Design
The research group Biobased Art and Design capitalises on the role of artistic practice in unlocking the unique potentials of living organisms for everyday materials and communicating these to a broader public. In doing so, the group aims to instigate and accelerate our widespread understanding, further development and usage of such materials. The group’s research approach encourages tangible interactions with the living organisms, such as algae, fungi, plants and bacteria, to explore and understand their unique qualities and constraints through diverse technical and creative methods taking artists, designers and scientists as equal and active partners in the material creation.Read more
‘The dynamic relationship between humans and living artefacts will continue to evolve reciprocally with mutual care.’
‘In my work the concept of time is a recurring theme.’
Xandra van der Eijk
‘It is through the “not-knowing” that a stimulating and caring environment can be created to confidently share vulnerability.’
‘Bacteria, Fungi, Humans, all part of the same experiment.’
‘I am dust! People were created from the same particles as all other elements. Everything was created from dust and will return to dust. ’
‘I’m interested in how we can implement situated learning within design education.’
‘Digital media help me to envision future interactions with living materials’
Jose Martinez Castro
‘Exploring and integrating novel perspectives to our everyday through the eyes of fungi.’
‘I am eager to explore how unique qualities of ‘living materials’ can transform the way we think, feel and act.’
‘Nature is a perfect example of an iterative design process. It is inspiring and full of exciting solutions.’