Dr. Alexandra (Ali) Mazalek is Associate Professor of Digital Media in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication. She is a member of the interdisciplinary GVU Center and director of the Synaesthetic Media Lab. She currently holds a Canada Research Chair in Digital Media and Innovation at Ryerson University in Toronto. Her research explores emerging modalities in new media, focusing on tangible and embodied interactions to support creative practices that bridge the physical and digital worlds across both arts and sciences. Current projects include embodied digital puppetry approaches for augmenting creativity and tangible tabletop interaction to support scientific research and education. Mazalek received her M.S. and Ph.D. from the Tangible Media and Media Fabrics research groups at the MIT Media Lab. She received a BS in computer science and mathematics from the University of Toronto.