Dr. Elizabeth Hénaff is a computational biologist with an art practice whose research focuses on the ubiquitous and invisible microbial component of our environment. This inquiry has produced a body of work that ranges from scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals, to projects with landscape architects, to artworks shown nationally and internationally. Some recent artworks include commissions for the Storefront for Art and Architecture in NYC, the Detroit Science Gallery, and the Okayama Art Summit in Japan.
Using New York City as a living laboratory, her research group at NYU Tandon School of Engineering investigates microbial metrics in urban environments, with a focus on anthropogenic change. Research directions include engineering of green wall infrastructure, remediation of Superfund sites, and the impact of street-level flooding on urban microbial diversity.