Joshua Jordan Van Zak, MS Candidate
Josh is a visiting student in the Mediated Matter research group. By designing across all scales of the built environment, he investigates how buildings can be configured to cure or prevent diseases. In his current work, Josh is engineering a living building material that continuously produces phage lysins to kill surface-adherent pathogens. In the past, he has worked for innovative biological engineering laboratories and architecture firms to expand perceptions about how diseases are acquired and their accumulation over time. Josh’s goal is to pioneer the field of architectural pharmacology, with the hope of creating living environments that co-evolve with their inhabitants to outcompete both communicable and non-communicable diseases.