The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) is pleased to showcase the artistic side of cutting-edge science through its fourth annual BioArt competition. This year’s 11 winning images and two videos represent a wide range of research in the biomedical and life sciences, from the study of Ebola virus proteins to nanoscience that targets drug delivery to particular cells.
Winning entries were unveiled on FASEB’s website and will be exhibited at the National Institutes of Health.
“This competition brings together spectacular examples of art created as part of biomedical research,” said Parker B. Antin, PhD, FASEB President. “Although the winning entries illustrate only a small segment of research being done across the country, they demonstrate how fascinating and beautiful biological science can be.”
- Intricately structured microbes on the surface of plant roots in a study of soil ecology— Alice Dohnalkova, Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
- Nerve fibers coursing through the human brain—Xiawei Ou, Arkansas Children’s Nutrition Center and University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
- Nanoscience approach to target drug delivery to particular cells— Jenolyn F. Alexander, Biana Godin, Houston Methodist Research Institute; Veronika Kozlovskaya, Eugenia Kharlampieva, University of Alabama at Birmingham
- Behavior of a colony of roundworms feeding on bacteria— Adam Brown and David Biron, University of Chicago
- Rainbow-hued cells colored to indicate their lineage in a mouse model of pancreatic cancer—Heinz Baumann, Sean T. Glenn, Mary Kay Ellsworth, Kenneth W. Gross, Roswell Park Cancer Institute
- Illustration of the proteins in the Ebola virus—David S. Goodsell, Research Collaboratory for Structural Bioinformatics Protein Data Bank
- Genes controlling the development of different parts of a flower—Nathanaёl Prunet, Elliot Meyerowitz, and Thomas Jack, California Institute of Technology; Dartmouth College; Howard Hughes Medical Institute
- Heat map of the essential nutrient zinc in plant leaves—Suzana Car, Maria Hindt, Tracy Punshon, and Mary Lou Guerinot, Dartmouth College
- Anatomy of parallel developmental paths for nerve cells and blood vessels—Shachi Bhatt, Paul Trainor, Stowers Institute for Medical Research
- Heart and complex network of blood vessels in the developing chick— Jessica Ryvlin, Stephanie Lindsey and Jonathan Butcher, Cornell University
- Lattice structure of tooth enamel—Olivier Duverger, Maria I. Morasso, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, National Institutes of Health
The BioArt competition is open to members of FASEB constituent societies and biomedical and life scientists whose research is supported by federal funds. More information about the program can be found on the BioArt website.
- Interactions of bacterial colonies over a period of several weeks—Mehmet Berkmen, Maria Penil, New England Biolabs
- Brain activity of a participant at rest—Kimberly Leiken and Elana Harris, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center