The Directors

Art Director – Candace Goodrich

Candace Goodrichis an artist and independent curator. She holds a BFA from the School of Visual Arts (NYC) and a MFA from the New York Academy of Art (NYC), with a concentration in painting. She was a participant in Curatorlab at Konstfack in Stockholm in 2016/2017, and in 2018 she completed a second Master’s in Postcolonial Theory and Multiculturalism at Södertorn Högskola, Stockholm. She is currently a PhD student of the Literature and Cultural Studies faculty, in the research centers GCSC and IPP, at the Justus Liebig Universität Giessen, Germany. Her research project is titled, “Ecosemiotic constructions – An analysis of the contemporary use of visual and narrative signs in non-western and western eco-art and eco-fiction.”

She founded and directed her first curatorial project in 2012-2014, the international artist residency One-Sided Story involving 38 artists. She was the founding Art Director of the Kunstkraftwerk Leipzig, where she curated 16 international exhibitions, involving 100+ artists, representing 30+ countries, sponsored by numerous foundations, embassies, and ministries of culture worldwide. In addition to the exhibition program, she co-directed a complimentary education program and together with Pogon-Zagreb, hosted ICSC-Intercity/Switchcity, a 3 year curatorial/collective residency exchange program. She is co-founder of the ArtSci Nexus, an interdisciplinary platform fostering collaborations between the arts and sciences. Notable lectures include: “Anthropocentrism: The Failure of Modernity – How do we decolonize the sciences through ecovention?” at the Kunstmuseum Moritzburg Halle, Germany, invited by the Global Youth Academy and National German Academy of Sciences – Leopoldina (April 2019); “The Aestheticization of the Anthropocene – A discussion about terminology, periodization and imagery” at Rupert, Vilnius, Lithuania (March 2019); “Can robots end class struggle? A second chance for Autonomia”– Hamburger Bahnhof, as part of the “Festival of Future Nows” (September 2017); “After C.P. Snow: A Brief History of Recapturing Consilience” – Institut für Biochemie II at the Universitätsklinikum Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main, Invited by Prof. Dr. Ivan Đikić (December  2014); and “Networks for Stability: The Leipzig Residency Circle” – Residency Programme Forum – POGON – Zagreb Centre for Independent Culture and Youth – Zagreb, HR (June 2014).

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Science Director – Dr. John LaCava

John LaCava earned a B.S. degree in Biotechnology from the University of California, Davis (2000). He subsequently earned his Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics (2005) from The University of Edinburgh, Scotland, where he studied mechanisms of post-transcriptional gene regulation with Prof. David Tollervey. Thereafter, as a visiting scientist, John trained in structural proteomic research methods within the Mass Spectrometry of Biomacromolecules group at the University of Amsterdam; and as an EMBO long term post-doctoral fellow, he studied pre-mRNA splicing regulation at the Centre for Genomic Regulation in Barcelona, Spain. In 2008, John returned to the USA to join the Laboratory of Cellular and Structural Biology at The Rockefeller University. Working with Profs. Michael Rout, Brian Chait, and others in the NIH-funded National Center for Dynamic Interactome Research, John focussed on developing methods to improve protein interactions studies. In 2016 John was promoted to the rank of Research Assistant Professor at The Rockefeller University and also joined Prof. Jef Boeke’s NIH-funded Center for Systems Biology of Retrotransposition, earning him a joint appointment as Visiting Assistant Professor at NYU Langone Health. In 2019 John was promoted to Research Associate Professor at The Rockefeller University, and was recruited to join ERIBA as a Principal Investigator, where he leads the Laboratory of Macromolecules and Interactomes. John’s group will focus, broadly, on the development and application of preparative and analytical approaches to study the contributions of dysregulated macromolecular interactions to human disease and ageing-related pathologies; in particular, the group will also study the molecular pathophysiology of LINE-1 ribonucleoproteins in cancer and ageing.

Apart from his scientific studies, he is a frequent organizer and/or participant in programs for science-and-art-based public outreach, communication, and youth mentorship. Among these, he is co-founder of the ArtSci Nexus, an interdisciplinary platform fostering collaborations between the arts and sciences.