Project focus: Lomax will focus on ethics, science, and society, including seeking a pathway to responsible creation and use of neural organoids that accounts for and incorporates public perception, as well as the ethical and policy implications of the technology.
Lomax Boyd is a neuroscientist and creative producer serving as the Johns Hopkins Civic Science Fellow based at the Berman Institute of Bioethics and Kavli Neurodiscovery Institute. His research developing neuroscientific tools to probe the evolutionary origins of the human brain has provoked curiosity and wonder about the brain, but also raised questions about how to seek, understand, and incorporate public input back into scientific research and technological advancement. Co-trained at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, his creative practice seeks to explore how experimental and interactive technology can create new pathways for public engagement with science. He has previously held creative residencies at the National Film Board of Canada, BioInteractive and Tangled Bank Studios at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and joined the advisory board of the Telus Science World museum while serving as a Fulbright Scholar to Canada.