Alexis Gambis is a French-Venezuelan biologist, filmmaker and a TED 2019 Fellow. He has been featured in The New York Times, Forbes, VICE, Nature, Science, Cell, The Village Voice, and WNYC. His films combine documentary and fiction, oftentimes embracing animal perspectives. He has written, directed and produced over a dozen shorts that have played at festivals worldwide. His science/art installations have also been commissioned by galleries and art biennales, including agnès b. - Boutique Galerie, dOCUMENTA (13) and the Nobel Museum.
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. An NYU Graduate Thesis Film and produced with the support of Spike Lee Production Fund and Hollywood Foreign Press Association, 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 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.
Alexis Gambis is also the Founder & Executive Director of the Imagine Science Film Festival, an annual New York science film festival now in its 12th year. He also recently launched Labocine, a 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 betweens scientists and artists.
He received a Masters of Fine Arts from NYU Tisch School of the Arts and a Ph.D in Molecular Biology from The Rockefeller University. He is an Assistant Professor of Biology, Film & New Media at New York University in Abu Dhabi where he teaches part of the year courses at the intersection of biology and cinema.
He lives between Brooklyn, Paris and Abu Dhabi.