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Beata Science Art

  1. Nature Methods Cover - An Arrow Poison for CRISPR
    24 Aug, 2017
    A Knitted Network of DNA
    During division, cells disassemble their nucleus and release many independent chromosomes - but how are all those chromosomes enclosed in a single nucleus after mitosis? The protein BAF cross-bridges DNA strands, allowing the cell to 'knit' a network of DNA around the chromosome ensemble and guide the nuclear membrane along the surface. This drawing illustrates BAF as beads that link the DNA strands into a network. Congratulations to the Gerlich lab on this fantastic Cell paper!
  2. Nature Methods Cover - An Arrow Poison for CRISPR
    06 Aug, 2017
    A Dynamic ESCRT for Splitting Membranes
    I'm so excited to share a drawing I made for my own paper recently published in Nature Cell Biology!  This artwork illustrates the dynamics of a protein machinery for splitting membranes. This machinery, called ESCRT-III, forms spirals that constantly exchange their building blocks with the help of a protein called VPS4. This remodeling allows the spirals to change their shape and constrict membranes until they split, for example in the final step of cell division that separates the emerging
  3. Nature Methods Cover - An Arrow Poison for CRISPR
    31 May, 2017
    Nature Methods Cover - An Arrow Poison for CRISPR
    My new artwork on the current Nature Methods cover - what a great honor! Ouabain, a molecule traditionally used as an arrow poison in Africa, is used as a new selection method for CRISPR. Congratulations to the Doyon lab for a fantastic paper!
  4. EMBO Journal Cover - Self Organization in Cerebral Organoi
    15 May, 2017
    EMBO Journal Cover - Self Organization in Cerebral Organoids
    So excited have my drawing on the current issue of EMBO Journal! This artwork illustrates how 'minibrains' self-organize their cells into distinct zones - like a yin-yang symbolizing the balance between distinct but complementary entities.
  5. CSHL Symposium on Chromosome Segregation & Structure
    01 Mar, 2017
    An Eye-catcher for the CSHL Symposium
    I had the huge honor to illustrate the poster for the 82nd Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Symposium on Chromosome Segregation and Structure.
  6. The 'ESCRT' dress
    28 Jan, 2017
    An 'ESCRT' Dress to Address My Research
    I made this dress to explain my research on cytokinetic abscission - the final step of cell division.
  7. Making C. elegans reveal its secrets using a laser to manipulate protein function.
    07 Dec, 2016
    Making C. elegans Reveal Its Secrets
    I made this drawing to illustrate Sriram Sundaramoorthy's research, who presented the illustration at the ASCB Meeting 2016 in San Francisco.
  8. Cover and abstract book at the Cell Cycle Meeting in Cold Spring Harbor 2016
    02 Dec, 2016
    Genes to Genomes Feature!
    My scientific illustrations were featured on Genes to Genomes, a blog from the Genetics Society of America. Check out my post to read about my artistic inspirations as well as my research!
  9. The Stories Behind My Drawings
    24 Nov, 2016
    The Stories Behind My Drawings
    You can read about the stories behind my scientific illustrations on The Node. I am so excited for my artwork to be featured on a scientific blog!
  10. A Melody Played by Two Hands
    17 Nov, 2016
    A Melody Played by Two Hands
    A class of small regulatory RNAs, termed piRNAs, protect the genome from invading DNA sequences. These piRNAs are generated by two pathways that act in parallel, like a piece of music where two hands play simultaneously.
  11. EMBO Journal Cover - A Molecular Compass for Cell Division
    15 Nov, 2016
    EMBO Journal Cover - A Molecular Compass for Cell Division
    I made this drawing for the cover of the EMBO Journal to accompany our new paper on mammalian brain development. The paper shows that a microRNA family is required for the correct orientation of mitotic spindles within the developing brain. The compass represents how the angle of the spindle in dividing cells affects their ultimate position within the brain - similar to a compass guiding the way to a location on a map.
  12. A presentation of my PhD research on Cytokinetic Abscission
    06 Nov, 2016
    An Unconventional Take on Scientific Presentations
    I began making scientific illustrations when I realized that showing a drawing as part of my scientific presentations sparked interest and tended to stay in people's memories. This picture was taken during my presentation for the Kirsten Peter Rabitsch Award, which I had the honor to receive for my PhD research earlier this year - in it you can see a new version of my very first science drawing!
  13. Mechanical Forces in Cell Division
    22 Oct, 2016
    Mechanical Forces in Cell Division
    Tension Forces at Kinetochores Before DNA is segregated during cell division, chromosomes are held near the center of the cell by the mitotic spindle, which connects to the chromosomes by a structure called kinetochores. Kinetochores can sustain remarkable amounts of tension to stabilize the geometry of the cell division machinery. I am very happy to have my drawing accompany a press release presenting an exciting Nature Communications paper on tension forces at kinetochores!
  14. Failed Experiment
    16 Oct, 2016
    Failed Experiment
    Oh no! An unsuccessful experiment can bring up very intense emotions, which every scientist is certainly familiar with! I created these drawings for an animation to be used in a video for the VBC PhD Program in Vienna.
  15. Basic research gives rise to many 'applications'.
    03 Oct, 2016
    Basic Research 'apps'
    Basic research gives rise to many 'applications' As part of the organizing committee, I had the wonderful opportunity to design an illustration for the upcoming VBC PhD symposium in Vienna titled 'Mind the App'. I started by making a hand-drawn black and white sketch using pencils, and overlaid the colors digitally afterwards. I then added the apps on the phone to highlight the diverse applications of basic research that will be covered at the conference.
  16. The Five-Second Rule
    24 Sep, 2016
    The Five-Second Rule
    What happens when you drop food on the floor? According to the myth of the "five-second rule", bacteria will wait patiently so you have time to pick it up. This is an illustration for the German version of Scientific American 'Spektrum der Wissenschaft'.