BioArt Virtual Backgrounds

Celebrate the art of science on your next video meeting. Choose from this collection of select virtual backgrounds for your video meetings. (Click on "Download Image" and then right-click to save the images.)


Sickle Cell Disease



Sickle cell disease (SCD) is the most common inherited blood disorder worldwide. SCD is caused by a point-mutation on a single gene. This illustration depicts the entanglement of the root cause and the affected red blood cells. Submitters: Alexa Abounader and Umut Gurkan, PhD


Hindlimbs from Chick Embryos

This image features two hindlimbs from chick embryos. The left one is a control one at Day 7 of development. The limb on the right is a talpid2 mutant, stained in yellow for a protein that marks progenitors of bone and cartilage development. Submitter: Christian Bonatto, PhD


Human Enamel

Human enamel has a structure that resists chewing forces. This image by backscattered electron microscopy in the SEM was color-coded by a program to reveal enamel “prism” anisotropy. This heterogeneity provides crack propagating resistance to teeth. Submitter: Timothy G. Bromage


Filamentous Viruses

An ensemble of filamentous viruses that infect archaea living in almost boiling acid. Structural studies have revealed that all share common ancestry, while sequence and genomic comparisons fail to find similarities. Submitters: Edward H. Egelman, PhD; Fengbin Wang; Agnieszka Kawska, PhD; and Mart Krupovic, PhD


Intestinal Villi

The small intestine is the site of nutrient and water absorption. This micrograph shows a cross-section of intestinal villi. The absorptive surface is magenta, yellow shows the borders of individual cells, and blue depicts the DNA-rich nuclei. Submitter: Amy Engevik, PhD


South American Cichlid

This image is of a cleared and stained Caquetaia spectabilis, a South American cichlid known for extreme jaw protrusion. Images like this are being used to better understand how extreme morphologies can introduce anatomical and functional tradeoffs. Submitter: M. Chaise Gilbert


Cardiac Lymphatic Network Remodeling

This is a 3D evaluation of cardiac lymphatic network remodeling of a mouse, based on whole mount immunostained and clarified tissue samples visualized by light-sheet microscopy, with two lymphatic markers: Lyve-1 (blue) and podoplanin (pink). Submitter: Coraline Heron, PhD


Skin/Muscle Interface

This image depicts a 3D color projection of the developing skin/muscle interface of the mouse stained for the basement membrane. Understanding how the limb develops can help engineer new options to treat musculoskeletal injuries. Submitters: Sarah Lipp and Sarah Calve, PhD


Crocodilian Lung Biology

This image shows a 3D segmented model of the lung surface, bronchial tree, and skeleton of a hatchling Cuvier's dwarf caiman (Paleosuchus palpebrosus) from a microCT scan. Researchers are using these models to investigate crocodilian lung biology. Submitter: Emma Schachner, PhD


Turtle Shell

Paleohistological thin section from a 96-million-year-old fossil side-necked turtle shell from the Arlington Archosaur Site. Polarized light reveals details of the compact bone in the external cortex. Submitters: Heather F. Smith, PhD; Brent Adrian; Andrew Lee; Aryeh Grossman; and Christopher Notot