My name is Orna and I am a scientist and an artist in the San Francisco Bay Area.
I always remember myself sketching and drawing. As a child, all my notebooks were decorated and framed with designs in black and white or color. Every empty envelope or scrap of paper immediately filled up with sketches, and a visit to the art store was, and still is, better than one to the candy store.
I hold a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Biology, and a Ph. D. in Molecular Biology, followed by post-doctorate research at UC Berkeley and Stanford University, where I conducted Bioinformatics research. After years of investigating human hormones, I decided to dedicate my time to develop special curriculum to enrich kids in science and excite them about art.
In 2022 I founded Young STEAMers - a nonprofit organization (501c3) that brings free STEAM enrichment classes to kids from underprivileged, underserved, at-risk families.