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Nathalie Dubois Calero

My atypical art background (academic and autodidactic) and my work experience as a scientist have moved me to BioArt as a logical extension of scientific knowledge.

Art Education

2021: MFA's student (Visual Art) at the School of Creative Art University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario.

  • Research assistant for Dr Jennifer Willet at Incubator lab

  • Graduate assistant- Bioart class

2019:  BFA (studio art) from Concordia University, Montreal, Qc, Canada

  • Fall semester, 2018: Visiting researcher, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY.  I worked with Professor Kathy High as an unofficial TA and a scientific adviser in her new class (BioPunk). I supported students in their research projects. I provided visiting BioArtists with technical support.

Exhibitions and workshops

In residence exhibition

2020 Microidentidad Casa Internacional del Escritor ( Institute for Art and Science Quintana Roo, Mexico)

Collective exhibition (selection by a jury)

2020  Why Sentience, International Symposium in Electronic Art, Montreal

2019 Vision in transformation: Moholy-Nagy research studio (curators: Chris Salter, Andrea Pena, Patil Chilinguirian)

            Milieux, Concordia University, Montreal

2018 Enclosed comforts, VAV Gallery, Montreal

2017 Body works, Gham&Dafe gallery, Montreal,

Collective exhibitions

2018 A nip of xtals and shrooms, Space 51, 3rd street, Troy, NY, USA (in collaboration with Michelle Temple)

2018 Conglomerate, Popop Gallery, Belgo center for arts, Montreal

2017  Science Odyssey Sci/Art exhibition and Cabinet of Curiosity

2017 Landmark 2017, Lachine Canal, Montreal

Technical-performative workshops

2020: Nous sommes des planètes (We are planets), SLOW Festival, HTMlles, Studio AdaX , Montréal                         2020: Sharing a queer and biophilic approach of the cutaneous microbiome  Why Sentience, International Symposium of Electronic Art

2020: Somos planetas, (about showing cutaneous microbiota, human lactofermentation and permeability) Casa del Escritor( Institute for Art and Science Quintana Roo, Mexico)

2020: Microidentidad-Una identidad mas alla de lo humano (about cutaneous microbiota) Casa del Escritor( Institute for Art and Science Quintana Roo, Mexico)

2019 : Piratons les OGM, St-Charles Public Library, Montreal

2019: Microalgae, Speculative Life Lab, MILIEUX, Concordia University

2019: Cloning plants: An introduction to micropropagation (Cloning in plastic bags: a step to plants re-appropriation), Speculative Life Lab, MILIEUX, Concordia University

2018:  Hacking GMO’s (Clo(w)ning in the kitchen), Sanctuary for Independent Media, North Troy, NY, USA

2018: Wearing bacteria, Sanctuary for Independent Media, North Troy, NY, USA

2017: Roots and Shoots, Plant tissue culture workshop, Speculative life lab, MILIEUX


2022 :  4-week residency at Cultivamos cultura hosted by Marta de Menezes (Vila Nova de Milfontes, Portugal)

2020 : 6-week artistic residence at the Casa del Escritor ( Institute for Art and Science Quintana Roo, Mexico)

2019: FEMeeting- Cultivamos cultura with Marta de Menezes- Villa Nova de Milfontes-Porto-Lisbon, Portugal


2020: Name:Nathalie Species: HomoBacter Insipiens  Taboo Transgression Transcendence in Arts and Science, University of Applied Arts, Vienna (TTT2020 online)


Member of Milieux (Institute for art culture and technology- Concordia University) since 2016 (Speculative life lab)

Member of  RAAV (Regroupement des Artistes en Arts Visuels – Group of Artists in Visual Arts) Montreal, Qc, Canada since 2018

Member of AdaX (ex Studio XX), Montreal, since 2020

CV as a scientist

Science education

1991-1992: Post-doctorate studies, Petawawa National Forestry Institute, Ontario (molecular biology and transformation of Larix)

1990         : Doctorate in life science from Pierre et Marie Curie University (UPMC), Paris, France (Effects of red and blue radiations on Palm trees somatic embryogenesis)

1983         :  DEA (plant science) from UPMC, Paris, France (Energy transfer between PSI and PSII in Euglena gracilis)

1982         : Master (organisms and population biology-plants) from UPMC, Paris, France

1976         : Bac in biochemistry-genetic from PARIS VII-Jussieu University, Paris, France

Experience in university as Adjunct professor

2011- 2018: University of Quebec at Trois-Rivières (UQTR), Industrial research Chair on Environment and Biotechnology (CRIEB)

1997-2002: McDonald College (McGill University) Department of plant science, Sainte Anne de Bellevue (Qc)


Development of a new antioxidant and dye (BioEvolution)

Bio-pesticide from Chondrostereum purpureum : Myco-Tech paste (Myco-Forestis corp.)

Astaxanthins from snow algae (Alga-Labs Inc.)

Professional experience as a senior researcher and lab manager (over 20 years)

Industrial microbiology

  • Fungal cultures () at lab scale and in 1000L-bio-reactors (Lab manager, Myco-Forestis Corp.)

  • Micro-algae selection and culture to treat waste water from a Purified Terephthalic Acid (PTA) plant in Mexico at lab and industrial scale in ponds (up to 100.000L)

  • Production of bio-products from this algal biomass (AlgaLabs Inc)

  • Oil production in aluminium smelter wastewaters (AlgaLabs Inc.)

Micropropagation and plant improvement

  • Plant multiplication and mycorrhizae formation in vitro -tomatoes and garden plants, wild leeks, virus free strawberries plants, etc- (Serres cooperatives de Guyenne, Guyenne, West Abitibi, Qc,)

  • In vitro propagation of Canadian orchids, and Itoh peonies -annual production: 150,000 plants- (Planteck Inc.)

Language: French, English and Spanish

CV: Bio
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