The DNALC's multi-disciplinary staff has experience in elementary, secondary, and collegiate instruction; biochemistry and molecular biological research; computer programming; design, photography, fine arts, and interior design; science journalism; public relations and development; and opinion research.

  • Administration
  • BioMedia
  • Education & Instruction

Susan Lauter

Creative Director

I started at CSHL after my junior year at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art as a summer photography intern in the Public Affairs department. I spent my time wandering the grounds photographing the beautiful landscapes and architecture, popped into labs to capture candids of the scientists at work, documented the activities of the meetings and courses, and designed publications and brochures. I stayed on through my senior year, splitting my weeks between the CSHL campus and NYC's East Village. After graduating with a BFA in 1986, I was hired full time that fall. I am always proud when I recognize my photos from that time in Lab publications!

I transitioned to the DNALC a year after it opened in 1989 to be an Exhibit Designer, and I got married a few months later. Over the years, I took on additional and varied responsibilities and I am now the Creative Director. I helped develop our in-house exhibits Story of a Gene (1995), The World of Barbara McClintock (1996), The Genes We Share (2002), and the current exhibition featuring Ötzi the Iceman, Our Human Inheritance (2016). I worked with the BioMedia Group to develop our suite of digital resources, including 20+ websites and three apps. I illustrated the textbooks DNA Science (1990) and Laboratory DNA Science (1996), and created the cover of Genome Science (2013). The BioMedia Group also creates printed materials including posters and banners, brochures, exhibit guides, and flyers, as well as produces webinars and videos. I still wander with a camera, capturing visiting students working in our lab and computer classrooms.

My role is ever evolving. I have been fortunate for nearly three decades to use art to advance the understanding of science at the DNALC and work with and support its amazing science educators.

My husband Marty and I raised three children; Ryan followed in my wandering footsteps and now holds a BFA in photography. Casey is pursuing a BS in Kinesiology/Exercise Science and Marty is working towards a BFA in Musical Theatre; both will graduate in 2018. So, the advancement of art and science continues in my family's next generation!

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