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Art Bio Matters 2018 aimed to assemble, for the first time, scientists, curators/art historians, and conservators for a stimulating forum to explore new directions in the study of biological materials in works of art. Through guided and balanced discussions, participants identified connections between advanced DNA, mass-spectrometric, and antibody-based approaches and their own research questions, thereby, facilitating focused and mutually beneficial collaborations.


Julie Arslanoglu (Co-organizer)

Research Scientist, Department of Scientific Research

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Barbara Berrie

Head of Scientific Research

National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.

Sue Ann Chui

Associate Conservator Paintings Conservation

J. Paul Getty Museum

Sergios-Orestis Kolokotronis

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology,

School of Public Health
SUNY Downstate Medical Center;

Research Associate, Division of Invertebrate Zoology and Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics
American Museum of Natural History

Christine Sciacca

Associate Curator of European Art, 300-1400 CE

The Walters Art Museum

Margaret Holben Ellis (Co-organizer)

Chair; Eugene Thaw Professor of Paper ConservationThe Conservation Center at the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University

Thomas Sakmar

Richard M. & Isabel P. Furlaud Professor, Laboratory of Chemical Biology & Signal Transduction The Rockefeller University

Matthew Teasdale

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow BioArCh

University of York

Marc Walton

Research Professor of Materials Science and (by courtesy) of Art History

Co-Director, Center for Scientific Studies in the Arts (NU-ACCESS)

Northwestern University / Art Institute of Chicago 


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A special thanks to the RLF for their support of Art Bio Matters. 

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* Speakers in green

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