Yuning Chen

Yuning Chen

PhD Student

Yuning Chen, PhD Student

Yuning Chen is a biodesigner and researcher passionate about more-than-human interfaces and bioethics through the lens of posthumanism and design fiction. With a background in Design Engineering and environmental science, she is interested in designing artefacts and interfaces that mediate new dialogues and relationships between humans and nature. She works across a wide array of biological research and technology such as synthetic biology and biomimetics biomaterials. She graduated from Innovation Design Engineering at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London and is currently a biodesign PhD student at the University of Edinburgh. Her works have been widely exhibited and recognised internationally, such as STARTS Festival, Lumen Award, Falling Walls Festivals science breakthrough of the year, London Design Festival and La Biennale di Venezia.


  • More-than-human HCI
  • Posthumanism
  • Biodesign
  • Bioethics
  • Multispecies participatory design
  • Sci-art
  • Bioart
  • Environmental Humanities


Välk, S., Chen, Y., Dieckmann, E., & Mougenot, C. (2022). Supporting collaborative biodesign ideation with contextualised knowledge from bioscience. CoDesign, 1-20.

Välk, S., Chen, Y., & Mougenot, C. (2022, November). Towards a Designerly Way of Thinking for Bioengineers with ‘Design and Science’Cards. In [] With Design: Reinventing Design Modes: Proceedings of the 9th Congress of the International Association of Societies of Design Research (IASDR 2021) (pp. 1691-1704). Singapore: Springer Nature Singapore.