I've always believed that human ingenuity can be inspired by nature. A scientist by training, my interests lie in applying my ecological and evolutionary skillset to work on the issues of our time: plastic waste, cancer, climate change, and scientific illiteracy.
Bachelor's Degree of Science in Biology at McMaster University, Canada
Master's Degree of Science in Ecology and Evolution at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
My work history has always involved themes of evolution and symbiosis: from legumes to fungi, from cancer to kombucha, from 3D printing to dinosaurs, I've had broad experience in many different fields.
One of my passions is creating games that bridge the divide between art and science: they take place at the origin of life, inside a human body, a few centimeters beneath the soil, and in a research lab on a distant planet. All are themed around the concept of cooperation and symbiosis, and what happens when it succeeds or fails.
Nedelcu, A. M., & May, A. N. 2022. Group Maintenance in Clonal Multicellularity: Controlling Intra-organismal Evolution. In The Evolution of Multicellularity (pp. 207-226). CRC Press.
May, A. N., Narayanan, S., Alcock, J., Varsani, A., Maley, C., and Aktipis, A. 2019. Kombucha: a novel model system for cooperation and conflict in a complex multi-species microbial ecosystem. PeerJ 7: e7565. DOI: 10.7717/peerj.7565
May, A. N., Crawford, B., and A. M. Nedelcu. 2018. In Vitro Model-Systems to understand the biology and clinical significance of circulating tumor cell clusters. Frontiers in Oncology 8: 63. DOI: 10.3389/fonc.2018.00063