Assistant Professor of Biology, Film & New Media
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 is a French-Venezuela biologist and filmmaker. His films combine documentary and fiction, oftentimes embracing animal perspectives. His science/art installations have also been commissioned by galleries and art biennales worldwide, including agnès b. - Boutique Galerie, Musee de la Chasse et de la Nature, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, dOCUMENTA (13) and the Nobel Museum. His work has been featured in The New York Times, Forbes, VICE, Nature, Science, Cell, The Village Voice, and WNYC. In 2019, he was selected to be one of the twenty TED Fellows and gave a TED Talk in April 2019 entitled "Why we need more (real) science in fiction."
He is currently in post-production on his second feature SON OF MONARCHS which delves into issues of immigration, migration and animal-human hybrids. His first feature film THE FLY ROOM is based on the true story of the birth of modern genetics at the turn of the 20th century. THE FLY ROOM has played in over 100 cities and had its theatrical release in New York in late September 2016. Forbes applauded the biopic for its "witty script" and the ability to "communicate science in a subtle way." He is also one of the 10 filmmakers of the omnibus 2014 film THE COLOR OF TIME, starring James Franco, Mila Kunis, and Jessica Chastain. He has also written, directed, and produced over a dozen short films that have played at festivals worldwide.
Alexis Gambis is also the Founder & Executive Director of the Imagine Science Film Festival, an annual New York science film festival now in its 13th year. Three years ago, he also launched Labocine, a science-infused VOD platform and film magazine coined by reviewers as the "Netflix for science" which, proposes a new way to experience science cinema by hybridizing forms, and fostering collaborations between scientists and artists.
Alexis Gambis has a double appointment in the Sciences and Arts & Humanities. He teaching courses at the intersection of science and film, both in the Core and Film program.