About

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.

2 thoughts on “About

  1. Bonjour Anne-Lise,
    Sans doute ne te souviens-tu plus de moi : nous nous étions rencontrés alors que tu faisais un job d’été chez Technip. J’étais un collègue de Claudine avec qui je suis toujours resté en contact, au moins pour quelques nouvelles à l’occasion de l’échange des voeux de bonne année.
    Je visite parfois ton site internet, toujours ébahi et admiratif de ton parcours, de tes expériences vécues, de la beauté des photos que tu offres au monde …
    Ce soir, je fais ce petit pas qui consiste à t’envoyer, humblement, mes félicitations et mes encouragements.
    Je me permets aussi de joindre un lien vers le site de Jean-Louis Étienne pour son projet Polar Pod. Sans doute loin du niveau scientifique auquel tu oeuvres…. Mais qui sait comment peuvent se combiner certains intérêts et certaines passions … ?
    https://www.oceanpolaire.org/expedition-polar-pod/
    J’espère que ce message te parviendra et te trouvera en pleine forme.
    Bien amicalement et bien respectueusement.
    Alain Decanini

    1. Bonjour Alain,
      Merci beaucoup pour cette note d’encouragement. Je me souviens bien de vous.
      L’expedition du Polar Pod est un projet incroyable. Je serai immensément chanceuse et honorée de pouvoir participer d’une manière ou d’une autre (biologie ou photographie/ecriture) à une telle mission. Avez vous travaillé à la réalisation du POD?
      Affectueusement.
      Anne-Lise

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