Elizabeth J. Bailey


Topography series, detail 
I am a scientist, artist, and writer.

My writing — on algorithmic art, a forgotten female scientific illustrator, and the mechanisms of mass extinctions — has appeared in Scientific American, Kenyon Review, and Rain Taxi.

I earned my Ph.D. in Chemistry from Columbia University investigating the mechanism through which the fundamental biological processes of transcription and translation are coupled in bacteria. Previously, I earned my B.A. in Chemistry and Studio Art from Kenyon College. My artwork explores landscape, mapping, and memory.

Currently, I’m a Postdoctoral Associate at Yale Univeristy in the Xiong and Didychuk laboratories studying viruses using electron microscopes. 

Watershed: Attending to body and earth in distress. Rain Taxi Review of Books. 2023

From apocalypse to apocalypso: On An Ecotopian Lexicon. Kenyon Review. 2021

On The Ends of the World by Peter Brannen. Kenyon Review. 2020

An uncanny display: Algorithmic art at the Whitney. Scientific American. 2018

A pioneering female scientific illustrator, rediscovered. Scientific American. 2018

Is it art or is it science? Scientific American. 2017

Science ︎
NusG-mediated coupling of transcription and translation enhances gene expression by suppressing RNA polymerase backtracking. Journal of Molecular Biology. 2022. E. J. Bailey, M. E. Gottesman, R. L. Gonzalez.

The mechanism of NusG-mediated transcription-translation coupling and the role of RacR in transcription regulation in Escherichia coli. Doctoral Dissertation, Columbia University. 2019. E. J. Bailey

Selected Art 
Archipelago, group exhibition. Organization for Human Brain Mapping. Montreal, QC. 2023

Making Art in the Age of Algorithms, symposium lightning talk. Center for Science and Society, Columbia University. New York, NY. 2018

Smart Dust, group exhibition. SLA307. New York, NY. 2017

Topography, exhibition. Gund Gallery. Gambier, OH. 2012

Selected Awards
Beyond the Ivory Tower, Writing Workshop. 2022

Kenyon Review Developmental Editing Fellowship for Emerging Writers, Nonfiction Finalist. 2021

National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellow. 2015-2019
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