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Meet Natalie Jeremijenko AO, an environmental health physician.

Natalie is an artist, engineer and professor.

She is also the The Director of the XDesign Environmental Health Clinic at New York University. Natalie has been named one of the Top 100 young innovators by the MIT Technology Review, and one of the Top 40 most influential designers by I.D. Magazine.

Her experimental design – hence xDesign – explores the opportunities new technologies present for social change. Much of it involves biochemistry, physics, neuroscience, and precision engineering, and almost all of it is carried out through public experiments.

Her work spans a range of media from statistical indices (such as the Despondency Index, which linked the Dow Jones Index to the suicide rate at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge), to biological substrates (such as the installations of cloned trees in pairs in various urban micro-climates), to robotics (such as the development of her famous feral robotic dog packs that investigated environmental hazards).

Jeremijenko is also a visiting professor at the Royal College of Art in London, and an artist not-in-residence at the Institute for the Future, Palo Alto.

Hear her story.