BUFFALO, N.Y. - A UB bioartist is using unique material to convey an important message about Crohn's Disease: fecal matter.

Kathy High, a biological art resident, will convert the tiny organisms that live inside our guts into a microbial coat of arms for various families.

The project, "Gut Love," is two fold.

In "Testing the Waters," High will examine the reactions of the blood immune system against fecal microbes. In her second experiment, "Family Crests," she will plate fecal samples from entire families in Petri dishes to identify their microbial community profile.

High is an interdisciplinary artist and professor of video and new media at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. To learn more about her work, visit www.kathyhigh.com.