ABOUT US


About the Lab

Action Potential Lab is Toronto’s first laboratory dedicated to merging science and art. It is here where the teachings of both fields interact and exchange by way of classes, workshops, birthday parties, lecture series and various community outreach programs.

Why science + art?

The notion of science and art throughout history has shared a paralleled relationship, but in recent years, there has been a divide. Action Potential Lab is dedicated to merging the two fields as a way to encourage novel ways of knowing and understanding the world around us. Based on a collaborative learning-teaching model, we view all projects and endeavours with a researcher’s lens. Classes are encouraged to work at the intersect between these two fields. Our laboratory is open to curious people of all ages.

What is 'Action Potential' ?

The scientific term Action Potential means cell to cell communication. It is that electric moment, the impulse, when a message is being sent down a cell. In addition to its scientific meaning, we see Action Potential as a forum to activate your potential for creativity. At Action Potential Lab, we use our brains. 

Meet the Lab Director

Lisa Carrie Goldberg is the founder and Lab Director of Action Potential Lab. She designed the lab as a community space for the merging of material matter found in both science and art, as a way to enhance Toronto’s creative potential. Lisa has completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interrelated Media at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, learning techniques in sculpture, weaving, film and photography. She has a Masters of Science in Biological Arts from SymbioticA, a research facility dedicated to art, technology and the life sciences at The University of Western Australia (the only university program of its kind in the world). It was here that Lisa got to experience what it meant to do research at the intersection of science and art, by studying topics in sleep science, tissue culture, physiology and molecular biology. As a lifelong academic, she has a certificate in Graphic Design and a Certificate in Teaching and has taught grades K-5, grades 6-8 and post-secondary art education, in the public and private school systems, in university settings and in independent art schools.