Jennifer Gardy & Peter Gregson
The Music in Our Genomes
Dr. Jennifer Gardy has the best jobs in the world. Most of the time she’s a Senior Scientist in Molecular Epidemiology at the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control, where her research uses of DNA sequencing to solve public health problems, like figuring out how outbreaks of infectious disease begin and spread.
When not tracking disease, Jennifer works in science documentary television, subjecting herself to all sorts of indignities in the name of science communication. She’s floated in zero-gravity, been dunked in ice-cold water, and spun around in a human centrifuge as part of work for CBC Television’s long-running documentary series The Nature of Things, and appears regularly as a guest co-host of Discovery Channel Canada’s nightly science newsmagazine Daily Planet.
Peter Gregson is an award winning cellist and musical, reinvigorating the classical genre by embracing contemporary culture and technologies. From concerts in churches, to web-based recitals and free-standing events in warehouses, his aim is to find the pulse of contemporary music and engage the “born digital” generation.
Peter was the cellist on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s revolutionary HyperBow project, a part of Tod Machover’s HyperInstrument group, and during February and March 2008, he was in residence at the Banff Centre in Canada. He recently collaborated with London based digital communications agency Outside Line to create a series of concerts called The Words on The Wall, which focus on new ways to engage the audience by using new tools and spaces, including SMS, Twitter and Flickr integration. Most recently, he provided the score for Alan Rickman’s latest film, A Little Chaos, premiering at TIFF 2014.