2019 BioArt Contest Winners


Ondine Cleaver, PhD;* Xiaowu Gu, PhD; and Yadanar Htike, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

*Member: Society for Developmental Biology 

Developing Eye of an Embryonic Day 13.5 Mouse
This image primarily depicts a developing eye of an embryonic day 13.5 mouse. Our lab studies early blood vessel formation and organogenesis: epithelium (yellow), blood vessels (green), retinal ganglion cells (cyan), and nuclei (red).


Abigail Dove, Johns Hopkins University

Member: Society for Developmental Biology and Genetics Society of America

Whole Fruit Fly Ovary During Development
This is the whole fruit fly ovary during development. The blue cells are the germ cells which will form the egg, the red cells maintain the germ cells, and the green cells will encapsulate and protect the germ cells as they develop into a mature egg.


Nathanaël Prunet, University of California Los Angeles, and Elliot Meyerowitz,* Howard Hughes Medical Institute and California Institute of Technology

*Member, Society for Developmental Biology and Genetics Society of America

Early Formation Stages of an Arabidopsis Flower
Confocal micrographs of the early stages in the formation of an Arabidopsis flower with the cells expressing the DRNL gene (green) or responding to the hormone auxin (red).

Brian Storrie, PhD, and Irina D. Pokrovskaya, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences; Kenny Ling, Yajnesh Vedanaparti, Maria A. Aronova, and Richard D. Leapman, National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering 

3D Rendering of a Blood Clot from a Mouse
A full 3D rendering of a blood clot from a mouse, seen for the first time, imaged using serial block-face SEM. This thrombus shows an aggregation of blood platelets (purple) around erythrocytes (red) spanning the punctured jugular vein (pink).


Zuzana Vavrušová, University of California-San Francisco

Member: Society for Developmental Biology

A Squid (Loligo pealei) Embryo

An image of a squid (Loligo pealei) embryo, fairly new fascinating model organism belonging to Cephalopoda class. Studying cephalopods could give us new insights into evolution, organismal biology, neurodevelopment, as well as neurodegeneration.


Brent Adrian; Aryeh Grossman, PhD; Andrew Lee; Heather F. Smith;* and Avery Williams,* Midwestern University; and Christopher Noto, PhD, University of Wisconsin-Parkside

*Member: American Association of Anatomy

Paleohistological Section from a 96-Million-Year-Old Fossil Pond Turtle Shell
Paleohistological thin section from a 96-million-year-old fossil pond turtle shell. Polarized light reveals changes in orientation patterns of collagen fibers in the bone interior. Also, vascular channels and growth marks are visible.


Edward H. Egelman, PhD, and Fengbin Wang, PhD, University of Virginia; and Agnieszka Kawska, PhD, IlluScientia

Rendering of the Atomic Structure of Pili on the Surface of Single-Celled Bugs
A rendering of the atomic structure of pili on the surface of single-celled bugs that live in nearly boiling acid. The oxygen atoms are shown as red spheres, and many of these have sugar molecules chemically bonded to them.


David S. Goodsell and Christine Zardecki,* RCSB Protein Data Bank/Rutgers and The Scripps Research Institute

*Member: American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Cross-Section of the Measles Virus
Cross-section of the measles virus in which six proteins work together to infect cells. One of the most infectious viruses, 9 out of 10 people exposed will contract measles. Fortunately, an effective vaccine protects against infection.


Melita M. Nasca, PhD

In Situ Photograph of a Pink Lettuce’s Leaves
This in situ photograph of a pink lettuce’s loose leaves supports nutritionists’ commonplace advice to "eat more leafy vegetables."


Zachary Randall, Florida Museum of Natural History

CT Scan Reconstruction of a Whitebarred Boxfish
This CT scan reconstruction is of a Whitebarred boxfish from the Yale Peabody Museum (YPM006259). The color of the bony carapace represents density variation of the modified scales. The scales missing around the tail allow for more mobility.


Scott Chimileski, PhD;* Roberto Kolter, PhD; and Nick Lyons, Harvard Medical School

*Member: Genetics Society of America 


Time-Lapse Video of Bacillus Mycoides Growing and Migrating in a Petri Dish
This time-lapse video shows the common bacterial species Bacillus mycoides growing and migrating within a Petri dish. This bacterium forms multicellular threads and moves through characteristic spiral patterns, seen here over 1000x real-time.


Karthik Krishnamurthy, PhD; Shashirekha Shamamandri Markandaiah, MS; Davide Trotti, PhD; and Piera Pasinelli, PhD, Jefferson Weinberg ALS Center



Fluorescence Imaging of Astrocytes Expressing a Toxic Protein, SOD1
This movie depicts fluorescence imaging of astrocytes expressing a toxic protein called SOD1 (in green) which causes ALS. Using this, the spread of the toxic proteins resembling fire work like pattern can be visualized.


Caroline Pritchard, Lehigh University

Member: Genetics Society of America and Society for Developmental Biology 


A Confocal Microscopy 3D Scan of a Marine Arthropod
This image depicts a confocal microscopy 3D scan of a marine arthropod. We stained proteins within the arthropod to better understand its body structure. Cell nuclei appear white, cell membranes appear green, and body segments and legs appear red.