I was born in Paris, lived in Marseille, and came to the United States in my late 20s.
After three years detour in Nebraska, the magnetic land of Alaska captured my heart. Now, you’ll find me on the top of a hill in Fairbanks, or maybe at sea, in the Bering, or in an airplane on my way to new discoveries with a DNA sequencer in one hand and a camera in the other.
I am a molecular biologist with a creative eye.
There is elegance in the delicate structure of a microalgae cell, in the evolutionary origin of a metabolism, in the function of a gene. I can give witness to that. Trained by trade to scrutinize, to elucidate intricacies and to share the essence of what I understand, I find the scientific process not so dissimilar from photography and storytelling.
Tales are everywhere in Research and they have the power to bring the public and scientists together. In a world increasingly visual and fast, I take the stance of photographing the Science of others and bringing my own Research beyond the scientific community and into the public eye.
My ability to share my passion for Science and Biology expanded in 2016 when I focused my projects on DNA sequencing with the Oxford Nanopore MinION device. Smaller than an iPhone, user-friendly and inexpensive, it is the perfect tool to bring the power of sequencing into the hands of the public and students. Since then, I have had the privilege of gathering with my Alaskan fellows and nation-wide undergraduate students around environmental concerns. In remote communities or on a ship, together we tackle exciting proofs of concept with the MinION.
Beauty touches the heart, elates the mind. It strikes a chord that will imprint information in an indelible way. It drives my Research and is the vector of how I choose to communicate the Science I witness.