April Zilber's PhD in plant biology heavily influences her glass work. She finds inspiration volunteering at an arboretum and regularly visiting botanic gardens. Throughout Zilber's work, microscopic plant material informs organic and cellular designs, while shells and galaxies emerge from spiral motifs. Shortly after obtaining her doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley, Zilber apprenticed in two studios to gain experience in stained and fused glass. The training prepared her for a two-year collaboration with glass artist Narcissus Quagliata, designing and producing fused glass for his architectural commissions. Zilber now runs her own studio in Berkeley, where she continues to work with fused glass and metal panels.