Research and About

We work at PUC (Chile) and also at OpenPlant – University of Cambridge, UK.  We promote open technologies for bioengineering, science and education.


i) Bioengineering tools for microbes (e.g  robust characterization of genetic parts)

ii) Open source technology (e.g. TECNOx, GOSH)

iii) Morphogenesis in simple multicellular systems (e.g. Fractals, Colony Shapes)

iv) Plant Synthetic Biology (e.g. LOOP DNA assembly in planta cytometry)

v) Biofabrication and Biodesign (e.g. Synthetic Aesthetics)

vi) Education (e.g. BioBuilder, High School workshop)

vii) Microscopy for fun! (e.g. article at WIRED)

We work with great collaborators such as Jim Haseloff, Jim Ajioka, Juan Keymer, Backyardbrains, Rodrigo Gutierrez, Biodesign FADEU  and specially the Rudge lab.

Short Bio:

I was born in Mendoza, Argentina, and I am a Boca Juniors fan. I studied two years of Engineering  and three of Biology. I worked one year at the Alvarez-Buylla lab (UNAM) before moving to Cambridge to do a PhD in Biological Sciences at Jim Haseloff ´s lab. All my education has been kindly supported by the free educational system of Argentina and international scholarships from  JP II Foundation; Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Becas LIDER.

email: ffederici at

Collection of images @ Flickr


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