Mariana and Chris exploring data systems in synthetic biology at CCRMA, Stanford.
Throughout her career Mariana has explored a diverse range of interests. Her academic training began in the Department of Visual Arts at the Catholic University in Lima, but soon after she traveled to the U.S. to pursue a career in biology. She has been part of research teams at the University of Chicago, Northwestern, Brown, Duke, and the University of California-Berkeley, and has worked on a variety of projects including in cancer biology, heat-shock protein biochemistry, egg activation at fertilization, construction of minimal synthetic cells, and foundational technologies for synthetic biology applications. After 20 years in the U.S. she returned to Peru. She currently directs the Genomics and Pathogen Discovery Unit of the U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit No. 6, where she applies the latest molecular technologies to study tropical infectious diseases of public health importance. Mariana directs the Genomics and Pathogen Discovery Unit of the U.S. Navy laboratory in Peru, where she studies tropical infectious diseases of public health importance using the latest molecular technologies.
Chris Chafe is a composer, improvisor, cellist, and music researcher with an interest in computers and interactive performance. He has been a long-term denizen of the Stanford University Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics where he is the center’s director and teaches computer music courses. Three year-long periods have been spent at IRCAM, Paris, and The Banff Centre making music and developing methods for computer sound synthesis. The SoundWIRE project launched in 2000 involves real-time Internet concertizing with collaborators the world over. New tools for playing music together and research into latency factors are current goals. He is the Duca Family Professor of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University. An active performer either on the Net or physically present, his music has been performed worldwide. CDs of works are available from Centaur Records. Gallery and museum music installations are continuing into their second decade with biological, medical, and environmental “musifications” featured as the result of collaborations with artists, scientists, and M.D.S.