Idea Translation Lab 2013


Synthetic biology (also known as synbio) is an exciting and emerging field of science. It draws on a range of  different disciplines from genetics, engineering and computing to nanotechnology and other forms of biotechnology and biochemistry. The field seeks to design and build new living systems and redesign existing biological systems at a molecular, cellular, tissue and organism level. Proponents of the field advocate how it could led to the development of radical new applications such as tissue repair or regeneration, personalised smart drugs,  new mechanisms for drug uptake and design, new foods and materials. As the field continues to grow goverments and policy makers are exploring how to best protect and ensure human and animal rights are respected. For this reason the field also presents interesting challenages with regard to how science and technology impacts society.



The Living Room
Speculative scenarios for the future consequences of bio-homes & estates
Team: Andrew Sheppard, Aoife & Kevin FitzGerald, TCD & Mo Hayabusa, TCD

Biological synthesized bandages composed of living cells, engineered to create elegant healing solutions
Team: Yutaka Kumagai, Katriona Thompson, Christopher Falkenthal, TCD & Bobby Comerford, NCAD

What if Farmers were Pharmacists?
Exploring the production of opiorphin as an alternative painkiller to morphine through human and animal methods
Team: Aisling McCrudden, Claire Mary Dempsey, TCD & Naomi Murtagh, NCAD

Parvo Pump
Applying the pumping qualities of bacteria for medical, bacteria for medical, pharmaceutical and bioengineering solutions
Team: Brian McEntegart, Gavin Bennett, Neil Johnston, TCD & Paul Dunne, NCAD

Novia - Living Products that Work For You!
Synthesizing bacteria for the use in everyday tasks such as brushing your teeth
Team: Dermot Gillen, Sheelan Yousefizadeh, Aisling McDonnell, TCD & Ethan Grant, NCAD

Se the Difference
Application of phytoremediation to create teas, which control Selenium (Se) levels for health and cosmetic purposes.
Team: Olwyn Grennan, Nicola Davis, TCD & Ciara McKeown, NCAD

Intrinsic nutrient detectors, which monitor & display blood & nutrient levels through DNA filled ink tattoos
Team: Stephen Lee, Diana De Fex, Hugo Desmond Kieran, Paige Perillat-Piratoine, TCD & Josh Purcell, NCAD

 The ITL student showcase took place on 3 April, 2013. At the showcase each team presented their project to a panel, which included Science Gallery Director, Michael John Gorman, Curator and Course Coordinator, Teresa Dillon, Indie BioHacker, Cathal Garvey & Entrepreuner Bill Liao.

What if Farmers were Pharmacists? & Novia have been selected to represent the gallery at Le Laboratoire, Paris.



The Idea Translation Lab is an annual Broad Curriculum course for Trinity College Dublin undergraduate students working with students from NCAD (National College of Art and Design). Developed as part of Science Gallery’s, EC FP7 project, Studiolab, and generously supported by the NTR Foundation, the course is linked to the ArtScience Prize and programmes developed by Prof David Edwards at Harvard University and Le Laboratoire, Paris.

Course Director: Michael John Gorman

Course Coordinator & Tutor: Teresa Dillon

Course Administrator: Jane Chadwick

Invited lecturers:

Cathal Garvey, Indie Biohacker; David Benqué, Designer, Royal College of Art; Shaun O’Boyle, Science Communicator, Science Gallery; Prof Jonathan Coleman, Nano physicist CRANN, TCD;  Dr. Mukund Thattai, National Centre for Biological Science, Bangalore;  Yashas Shetty, Artist & educator, Centre For Experimental Media Arts & Michael John Gorman, Director, Science Gallery, Dublin

Mentors: Cathal Garvey, David Benqué, Bengt Sjölen, Shaun O’Boyle & Jane Chadwick

2013 Reference and Reading List