About Andrew

Andrew Pelling has built a career on unapologetic curiosity, creativity and serendipity. Andrew is a professor and Canada Research Chair at the University of Ottawa. There, he founded and directs a curiosity-driven research lab that brings together artists, scientists, social scientists and engineers. The lab uses low-cost, open-source materials and methods to explore speculative living technologies of the future. In the lab, Andrew has created human body parts made from plants, and grown living skins on LEGOS. These are innovations with the potential to replace prohibitively expensive commercial biomaterials.

Additionally, Pelling is the co-founder and CTO of Spiderwort Inc. – a mission-driven company developing open-source platforms to enable the widespread and global adoption of biological research in all environments and economic contexts. Most recently, he also founded pHacktory, a street-level research lab in Ottawa. pHacktory amplifies community ideas through a potent mixture of craft, serendipity and curiosity.

Pelling’s work has been in the international media spotlight for many years. It’s been recognized in outlets such as Wired, Huffington Post, NPR, Scientific American, Popular Science, BBC, Der Spiegel, Deutsche Welle and others. Pelling’s work has also seen numerous highlights in the Canadian media and Scientific media.

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