Beata Science Art

My most recent artistic adventures:
  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!
  5. 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!
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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'.