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Katia Zolotovsky

Katia Zolotovsky is an Assistant Professor in Art + Design with a joint appointment in the College of Science, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology. She works in the Food-Water-Energy Nexus thematic area.

Katia is an architect, biologist, and bio-design researcher. She holds a Ph.D. in Computation from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where her dissertation focused on design and computation with biologically active materials. Katia’s research focuses on the impact of biotechnology on everyday life and the ecosystems we live in, as well as the implications of this emerging technology. In her research, she collaborates with material scientists, synthetic biologists, and computational designers to develop practical ways for artists and designers to engage with biological materials and systems.

Katia’s interdisciplinary research has been published in both design and science high-impact journals. She has won awards at international conferences, such as the Living Machine, Education and Research in Computer-Aided Design in Europe, and EURO Bio-inspired Materials. She serves on the editorial board of Research Directions Biotechnology Design, Cambridge University Press. Her work has been supported by science and entrepreneurship grants such as the NSF Division of Materials Research, Somerson Sustainability Innovation Fund, Coastal Ecology Assessment Innovation and Modeling, and the Activate Fellowship for Entrepreneurs Futures Network.


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  • Ph.D., Design and Computation, MIT
  • M.S., Architecture Studies, MIT
  • B.Arch., Technion – Israel Institute of Technology
  • B.A., Biology, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology