Introducing Andrew Pelling


He’s not your conventional hacker. Dr. Andrew Pelling, a biohacker and experimentalist scientist, uses low-cost, open source materials to create technologies of the future –including his team’s current work of growing human cells in apples and living skin on LEGOs.

Cross-appointed to the University of Ottawa’s biology and physics departments, Dr. Pelling directs the Laboratory for Biophysical Manipulation. The laboratory is an innovative convergence of scientists, artists and engineers who combine their disciplines to create new insights into scientific approaches.

Dr. Pelling has studied around the world, earning a PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles and was a senior research fellow at the London Centre for Nanotechnology. His work is published in several patents, books and publications.

His appearance on the TEDxKanata stage will mark Dr. Pelling’s third time delivering a TED talk. In 2012, he spoke about the manipulation of cellular behaviours at TEDxUOttawa and Dr. Pelling is one of only two Canadians to join this year’s impressive roster of 21 international TED fellows.

Dr. Pelling shares his lab’s innovative work through @pellinglab and at

Andrew is the last, but certainly not least, of eight speakers to be announced for TEDxKanata 2016! Take a look at our blog to learn about the rest of the Breaking Barriers speakers.