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Each year, the School of Medicine and Health Sciences invites SMHS medical students, graduate students, and postdocs to submit their artistic research images to the Art of Science contest. These images showcase our work and passion for science while highlighting the beauty and breadth of research in SMHS.

Students and postdocs may submit one image that captures their research with artistic style. A jury from SMHS selects winners for cash prizes based on the visual impact of the image.

We would like to congratulate the 2020 Art of Science Winners! Selected images will be on display in the Dean’s Suite in Ross Hall and in Himmelfarb Library.

2020 Winners

3D reconstruction of microglia filaments in the brain subfornical organ 1st Prize: Han Rae Kim, Postdoctoral scientist
3D reconstruction of microglia filaments in the brain subfornical organ.
A phylogeny depicting the evolutionary relationships of 2000 SARS-CoV-2 Tyson Scott Dawson, PhD Student
A phylogeny depicting the evolutionary relationships of 2000 SARS-CoV-2.
Fallopian tube cells that have been genetically modified to create a model of ovarian cancer development. Tomas Kanholm, PhD Student
Fallopian tube cells that have been genetically modified to create a model of ovarian cancer development.

2019 Winners

Human iPSC-derived motor neurons. Motor neurons are stained with TUJ1(red), HB9(green) and DAPI(blue). 1st Prize: Naemeh Pourshafie, PhD student
Human iPSC-derived motor neurons. Motor neurons are stained with TUJ1(red), HB9(green) and DAPI(blue).
Circos plot depicting differentially expressed genes in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus and their location in the human genome Tyson Scott Dawson, PhD Student
Circos plot depicting differentially expressed genes in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus and their location in the human genome.
Images from a negative-space 3D printed model of the ventricular and cisternal system segmented from a brain MRI and labeled with voice-activated LED lights Cullen Fleming, MD student
Images from a negative-space 3D printed model of the ventricular and cisternal system segmented from a brain MRI and labeled with voice-activated LED lights.
Angiotensin II type 1 receptor-eGFP-BAC mouse was bred with glutamic acid decarboxylase-mCherry mouse and their brain was further stained with anti-parvalbumin antibody Zhe Yu, PhD, Postdoctoral scientist
Angiotensin II type 1 receptor-eGFP-BAC mouse was bred with glutamic acid decarboxylase-mCherry mouse and their brain was further stained with anti-parvalbumin antibody.

2018 Winners

First place art of science image- Brett Eaton 1st Prize: Brett Eaton, PhD student
Marburg virus (turquoise) budding from gray infected dendritic cells (red nuclei)
Natural killer cell with iron oxide nanoparticles conjugated to the surface Rachel Burga, PhD student
Natural killer cell with iron oxide nanoparticles conjugated to the surface
 
Neurons (red and yellow) derived from apical (blue) and basal (green) progenitor stem cells in the cortex Samantha Dow, PhD student
Neurons (red and yellow) derived from apical (blue) and basal (green) progenitor stem cells in the cortex
 
Motor neuron with dendrites and axons (yellow) and mutant protein aggregates (red) among undifferentiated stem cells. Naemeh Pourshafie, PhD student
Motor neuron with dendrites and axons (yellow) and mutant protein aggregates (red) among undifferentiated stem cells.
 
Astrocytes (green) and nuclei (blue) in the central nervous system Jessica Schenck, PhD student
Astrocytes (green) and nuclei (blue) in the central nervous system
 

2017 Winners

Olfactory bulb

1st Place: Aslam Akhtar, Medical student
2017 First Place Winner

Olfactory bulb interneurons (green) and astrocytes (magenta) in the brain

T cells producing different cytokines (in different colors) in an immune response to a microbial antigen

Shabnum Patel, PhD Postdoctoral Fellow
2017 Winner

T cells producing different cytokines (in different colors) in an immune response to a microbial antigen

Spinal motor neurons derived from stem cells with dendrites and axons (red), motor neuron marker (green), and nuclei (blue)

Naemeh Pourshafie, PhD student
2017 Winner

Spinal motor neurons derived from stem cells with dendrites and axons (red), motor neuron marker (green), and nuclei (blue)

Cerebellum with myelin (red), astrocytes (green), and nuclei (blue)

Jessica Schenck, PhD student
2017 Winner

Cerebellum with myelin (red), astrocytes (green), and nuclei (blue)


Art of Science in SMHS News:

Winners Chosen for SMHS 2020 Art of Science Competition

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