My most recent artistic adventures:

Beata Science Art

  1. A Pac-Man Toxin in Tuberculosis
    18 Feb, 2019
    A Pac-Man Toxin in Tuberculosis!
    Tuberculosis is a serious infectious disease and one of the leading causes of death worldwide. The disease-causing bacteria, called Mycobacterium tuberculosis, are depicted in the drawing in red. To overcome stress conditions, these bacteria can slow down their growth using special pairs of genes that encode both a toxic protein and an antitoxin that functions as an antidote. This drawing illustrates the discovery of a particularly exciting toxin (the Pac-Man) that can actually kill the
  2. Crocheting the Mitoribosome
    10 Feb, 2019
    Cover for Molecular Biology and Evolution
    Crocheting the mitoribosome - a combination of a hand-drawn illustration with a real structure of the human mitochondrial ribosome. Ribosomes are giant machineries composed of protein and ribosomal RNA that synthesize proteins encoded by the genome. The genes within mitochondria are synthesized by their own specialized ribosomes - the mitoribosomes, represented by the crocheted structure in the drawing. Unlike other ribosomes, mitoribosomes are highly variable across species, yet the reason for
  3. Self-RNA editing is required for self tolerance
    06 Dec, 2018
    EMBO Reports Cover
    My new cover for EMBO Reports - illustrating how editing of RNAs prevents autoimmunity! Our immune system is extremely efficient in protecting us from foreign pathogens, yet at the same time requires self tolerance. A new paper shows that the protein ADAR1 is required for editing the sequence of RNAs to prevent them from being recognized as foreign by the immune system. When this process is perturbed, unedited RNAs inhibit the elimination of T cells that recognize self antigens, leading to
  4. Mission Patch for Worms in Space
    29 Sep, 2018
    Mission Patch for Worms in Space
    I designed a patch for a worm space mission!  The Molecular Muscle Experiment will be sending worms into space to study the negative effects of spaceflight on the body, and to help discover therapies to enable long-distance space exploration and treatments for muscle loss. The worms will be flown to the International Space Station, grown for several generations, then analyzed in the lab. The launch is scheduled for a SpaceX mission in November 2018! You can read more about the experiment here.
  5. A Scientific Star Map
    26 Aug, 2018
    A Scientific Star Map
    It's a wonderful honor to present my new drawing for this year's ASCB|EMBO meeting! The intricate patterns of our night sky have inspired many ancient cultures who connected the stars to create constellations portraying myths and legends. This 'modern' star map is a scientific take on zodiac signs - showing constellations that form some of the most widely used model organisms and cell types. These model systems have greatly facilitated research and allowed us to discover much of what is known
  6. Growing Brain Cancer in Petri Dishes
    30 Jul, 2018
    Growing Brain Cancer in Petri Dishes
    Brain tumors are aggressive and deadly cancers, yet it has been difficult to study them in the laboratory. A new Nature Methods paper reports a ground-breaking method to grow tumors inside brain organoids, which are tiny organ-like structures derived from human stem cells that resemble the architecture of the brain. These tumors develop after introducing clinically-relevant mutations using genome-editing, and mimic the onset of brain cancer within the human brain - allowing researchers to learn
  7. An Epigenetic Jungle
    23 Jul, 2018
    An Epigenetic Jungle
    A gibbon is swinging across a river within an epigenetic landscape, which regulates compaction and expression of our DNA. The arid desert illustrates loosely packed DNA containing actively expressed genes, whereas the tropical forest represents densely packed chromatin. The gibbon genome is similar to ours, but many regions were heavily rearranged during evolution. Still, even the rearranged genes keep their original epigenetic landscapes because the shuffling has occurred at boundaries between
  8. A Knitted Network of DNA
    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!