Alexis Gambis

Assistant Professor of Biology Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Education: BA Bard College; PhD The Rockefeller University; MFA NYU Tisch School of the Arts

Research Areas: Visualization, experimental, evolutionary developmental, film

Alexis Gambis is a filmmaker and a biologist whose interdisciplinary work aims at transforming the way science is communicated to the public through film and visual arts. His first feature film The Fly Room has toured festivals and academic institutions worldwide ending with a theatrical release in New York, Paris, and Berlin in the fall of 2017. He has been featured in The New York Times, Forbes, Nature, Cell, TED, and WNYC.

At NYUAD, he teaches in both the Biology and Film departments. His courses combine scientific research and storytelling often featuring animals as actors and blurring the lines between fact and fiction. He is also the founder and executive director of the Imagine Science Films, an annual science film festival now celebrating its 10th anniversary. He also recently launched, a science film platform, and magazine coined by reviewers as the "science new wave." He is currently working on his second feature The Water Maze, an exploration of the science of memory and its reliance on animals and experimental design.

Alexis Gambis research interests are film, visual cognition, animal as actors.