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Main interests

Originally trained as a molecular biologist, I have been exploring the field of bio/eco art, citizen science and science communication for almost 10 years. My main interest lies in the facilitation of creative learning experiences and transdisciplinary biological research. As a member of the International Hackteria Network and founder of the mikroBIOMIK Society I actively work towards an open and engaging culture in the natural sciences and beyond.

I also really love humus - both on my plate and in the soil.

Interactive installations and artistic workshops

Dusseiller, Minder, Chollet, Gaudenz, et al. (2020) - HLabX Reflections, Zürich (Switzerland)
Workshop and exhibition of works created in collaboration with the Global Hackteria Network
Documentation: https://www.hackteria.org/wiki/HLabX_Reflections_Zurich

Chollet (2019) - “Humus, Humanity & Humility”, Ars Electronica 2019, Linz (Austria)
Interactive installation as part of Shared Habitats and the HUMUS sapiens project
Booklet: https://mikrobiomik.org/inc/Chollet(2019)HumusHumanityHumility.pdf
Shared Habitats: http://shared-habitats.eu
HUMUS sapiens: https://mikrobiomik.org/humussapiens

Chollet, Gapsevicius, Diaz (2019) – Workshop "SCOBI, Shit and Humus", Mo Museum, Vilnius (Lithuania)
3 day Workshop in collaboration with Mindaugas Gapsevicius and Juan Pablo Diaz
Documentation: http://triple-double-u.com/self-repair-lab/scoby-shit-and-humus-mo

Chollet, Gapsevicius, Diaz (2019) – Transmediale and CTM Vorspiel 2019, Kunsthaus ACUD, Berlin (Germany)
Participative installation in collaboration with Mindaugas Gapsevicius and Juan Pablo Diaz
Documentation: http://triple-double-u.com/self-repair-lab/scoby-shit-and-humus/

Science communication

Founder of The mikroBIOMIK Society - an association for the promotion of intrinsic curiosity and participation in science.
Website: https://mikrobiomik.org/en/about-us

Co-Initiator of HUMUS sapiens - an international network of soil and permaculture enthusiasts, bringing citizen science and the hacker spirit into soil ecology.
Website: https://mikrobiomik.org/en/projects/humus-sapiens
Overview: https://www.hackteria.org/wiki/HUMUS_sapiens

Organization of retreats

  • HUMUS sapiens retreat 2019, Oktober 2019
  • Container City Soil retreat, September 2018
  • mikroBIOMIK Soil Retreat, July 2018
  • RandeLab Soil Retreat, Mai 2018

Science-communication workshops (since 2018)

  • Zurich (Switzerland) - May 2021
  • Munich (Germany) - October 2020
  • Soča (Slovenija) - August 2020
  • Zurich (Switzerland) - July 2020
  • Soča (Slovenija) - August 2019
  • Erlangen (Germany) - July 2019
  • Munich (Germany) - May 2019
  • Paris (France) - March 2019
  • Tel Aviv (Israel) - February 2019
  • Berlin (Germany) - October 2018
  • Lucerne (Switzerland) - September 2018
  • Wartaweil (Germany) - July 2018

Additional publications

Chollet J., Dünkler A., Bäuerle A., Vivero-Pol L., M. A. Mulaw, Gronemeyer T., Johnsson N.
"Cdc24. interacts with septins to generate a positive feedback loop during budding in yeast" Journal. of Cell Science, 2020 April, 1477-9137

Chollet J., Dünkler A ., Bäuerle A., Vivero-Pol L., Gronemeyer T., Johnsson N.
"Cdc24, the source of active Cdc42, transiently interacts with septins." bioRxiv

Wolf P., Gaudenz U., Klotz U., Trojok R., Volpato A., Chollet J.
"Participation in decision making by members of DIY communities" study by the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts in collaboration with the Hans Böckler Foundation.

Chollet J. "Science education: an interactive learning environment on microbial ecosystems"
Poster at the 100th Anniversary Bacteriophage Research Conference. Eliava Institute of Bacteriophages, Microbiology & Virology, Tbilisi, Georgia.

Gronemeyer T.*, Chollet J.*, Werner S., Glomb O., Bäuerle A., Johnsson N.
"A split-ubiquitin based strategy selecting for protein complex-interfering mutations" G3(Bethesda). 2016 Sep; 6(9): 2809-2915.

Chollet J. "Cdc24 and the complexity of cell polarization"
Dissertation for the degree of Dr. rer. nat, Institute of Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology, University of Ulm, Germany.

Chollet J. "GEF-Septin complexes stabilize polarity protein assembly at the incipient budsite"
Poster at the Portuguese Biochemical Society Conference, Coimbra, Portugal.

Chollet J. "Engineering the binding properties of the guanine nucleotide exchange factor Cdc24"
Dissertation for the degree of Master of Science, University of Ulm, Germany.