INCUBATOR Art Lab Alumni

Jude Abu Zaineh

Graduate Researcher

Abu Zaineh is a Palestinian-Canadian multidisciplinary artist and cultural worker. Her practice relies on the use of food and technology to investigate meanings of culture, displacement, diaspora, and belonging. She’s interested in ideals of home and community while working to develop aesthetics rooted in her childhood and upbringing in the Middle East. Abu Zaineh has exhibited her work locally and internationally including: São Luis and Lisbon, Portugal; Mexico City; NYC; Toronto, London, and Windsor, Ontario. She was one of the first artists to participate in a collaborative art-science residency with the Ontario Science Centre and MOCA Toronto (Canada). Abu Zaineh is currently pursuing her PhD in Electronic Arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY.

Philip Habashy

Research Coordinator

Philip Habashy is a recent 2018 Biological Sciences graduate with the emphasis in research. Philip is currently a research coordinator and a lab technician working in the BioArt laboratory at the University of Windsor. Philip is also a SMArt (Science Meets Art) member since 2016 and created a collaborative painting called the "Tree of Life" as one of his final year projects. A few of Philip's hobbies are drawing, music, dance to random music in the lab while performing experiments, and heavily exercise to regret it the next day.

Ashley Hemmings

Graduate Researcher and Teaching Assistant

Ashley Hemmings is a visual artist and gallery worker from Newfoundland and Labrador. Ashley completed her BFA in Visual Art from Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland and her MFA from University of Windsor. Her research-based art practice has led her to partner with environmental scientists, cognitive psychologists, and horticulturalists, to consider the intersection of many different ways of looking at and interacting with the natural world. Most recently, Ashley has shown her solo project Souvenir Documents at the rOGUE Gallery in St. John's. Ashley has worked at a number of art galleries across Newfoundland including Eastern Edge Gallery, The Grenfell Art Gallery, and The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery.

Gillian Hughes

Research Assistant and Lab Monitor

Gillian Hughes is a Behaviour, Cognition, and Neuroscience student at the University of Windsor. She currently works as a research assistant in the Incubator Lab, and specializes in digital illustration and graphic design. She has also coauthored a scientific paper on the olfactory behaviour of Round Gobies in Dr. Zielinski's lab, and is a member of SmART UWindsor and the Avian Taxidermy club

Lisha Liang

Research Assistant

Lisha Liang is an international student with a combined major of Visual Arts and Biochemistry from China. She is a Research Assistant and Lab Monitor at the INCUBATOR Lab. Liang previously worked in a biochemistry lab focusing on inter-cellular parasite biochemical mechanisms under the supervision of Dr. Sirinart Ananvoranich. She has gained experiences and practices in the field of bio-arts from the BioART course, and developed graphic design skills in Photoshop Adobe from AIESEC Windsor and Windsor CSSA. She is proficient in digital painting in SAI and Sketchbook pro. She is a member of LEAD, an organization hosting orientation and welcome week for first-year students at the University of Windsor.

Michael Lucenkiw

Graduate Researcher

Michael examines how technological interventions inserted into the urban landscape can reveal the complex relationships of this unique ecosystem. Revealing these relationships involves building data collection devices, collecting and presenting data, creating networks, designing software code and presenting dynamic visual representations. The work is intended to help bridge the gap of understanding between natural processes and human beings using sensors and data collection to create a narrative of environmental advocacy.

Lauren Rapp

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Lauren Rapp is a photographer, painter and sculptor in her first year as an MFA candidate at the University of Windsor. Her previous work has been included in international publications and in 2015, her work was featured on the cover of The Washington Post magazine. Her current work focuses on painting and subject research.

Aleeza Tariq

Research Assistant

Aleeza Tariq is a student in the Biological Sciences in the department at the University of Windsor. She is a Lab monitor for the BioArt class as well as a research assistant. Previously, she has been involved in many research programs, among which is Insect Ecology and Behaviour lab under Dr. Sherah Vanlaerhoven. She is also part of the Office of Open Learning (OOL) Course Inquiry and Redesign Initiatives under Nick Baker, which focuses on improving first year courses.

Megan Andrews

BFA student Research and Studio Assistant

Megan Andrews is a 4th year BFA-Visual Arts student at the University of Windsor. She is a mixed media artist who is inspired by the works of Vincent Van Gogh. Consistent themes in her own art include the use of bright colour and precise construction, which she supports with her background in carpentry. Megan aspires to incorporate her love of cinema with a future working behind the scenes in set and prop design, special effects makeup, or costume design in the theatre, television, or movie industries.
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Kadila Adili

Research Assistant

Kadila Adili is an undergraduate Biological Sciences student at the University of Windsor. She is a lab monitor and research assistant at the Incubator Lab. She currently volunteers at Dr. Porter’s cancer research lab and is a special projects officer for Let’s Talk Science. Kadila is also a co-president for the campus chapter of MusicBox, where she can share her passion for music.

Angela Awada

Research Assistant

Angela Awada is a biochemist that works on fluorescent sensors for the detection of micronutrients. She has attained her Bachelor of Science in Biology and Biochemistry and Master of Science in Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Windsor. During her studies she worked on the method developments for the detection of inorganic phosphate and phosphoproteins using fluorescence. Currently, she is the Bioart Technician at the Incubator Lab.

Mariama Henry

Lab Technician

Mariama is a Scientist and Artist. She holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Honours Biochemistry with Thesis/Minor in Applied Information Technology from the University of Windsor and Clinical Lab Science, Magna Cum Laude from Wayne State University. She also has a Master of Science in Medical Biophysics/Collaborative Graduate Program in Molecular Imaging from Western University. She has a multidisciplinary science background, and her research interests include genomics/genetics, data analysis/bioinformatics/imaging, ancient history, and ancient civilizations. She is also interested in mentorship and is a self-taught artist!

Inès Mastellotto-Lensy

BFA student Research and Studio Assistant

Inès is a Media Art Histories and Visual Culture undergraduate student at the University of Windsor. In her third year, she studied in Tours, France. This experience synthesized her scholarly pursuits with aesthetics and wanderlust. Inès has interned at the Art Gallery of Windsor with the Education and Public Programs team and hopes to pursue a career in a curatorial role.

Cameron Tomek

BFA student Research and Studio Assistant

Cameron Tomek is a third-year Bachelor of Arts (Honours) - Visual Arts and Communication, Media, and Film student at the University of Windsor. Cameron is currently interning with Mainstream Marketing here in Windsor, where she works as a communications intern. This experience has helped her expand her future career goals and aspirations within communications and media. Cameron has a passion for art and design and high-end fashion. Cameron hopes to pursue a career in fashion and design to become a creative director for luxury high-end fashion brands.