Dr. Kristin Baldwin is an assistant professor in the Department of Cell Biology at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California. Baldwin’s research harnesses cutting-edge stem cell technology and cloning to understand how changes to genes and genomes allow stem cells to generate all the cell types found in a complex organism. Her laboratory recently generated Fibonacci, a mouse-derived entirely from a skin cell that they had transformed into a stem cell using viruses. The experiment showed that skin-derived stem cells can potentially replace embryonic stem cells in research and therapeutic applications, a result cited as one of the most important breakthroughs of 2009 by Discover.
In collaboration with artist Amy Chase Gulden, Dr. Baldwin also genetically engineers living, growing paintings using E. coli bacteria as paint, offering a new way to study perception, in this case of art and beauty. The team’s work was recently exhibited at the Serrano Contemporary gallery in Chelsea in a show entitled Growing Impressions. She was selected as a 2007 Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences.