We know, we know. Science can be scary. And stuffy. And impossible to understand. In fact, some people are so turned off by science that they ignore it altogether, regarding it as that biology class they barely passed in high school. But as scientists (and all bias aside), we couldn’t disagree more. Science is and should be human, vital, and accessible—not elitist, trivial, and unapproachable. Science is the medication you took this morning with your breakfast. It’s the way you heal from that annoying paper cut. It’s why we go from a single-celled entity to a lumbering body made up of trillions of cells, each enabling us to think, breathe, walk, and dream. It’s the remedy to our most devastating diseases. It’s our future.
Ironically, however, the future of science is not in the hands of scientists: It’s in your hands. You elect representatives who green-light funding for new research. You protest for rights on reproductive health. You voice your opinions about the morality of stem cell research. You decry when a cure hasn’t been found. You celebrate when a controversial treatment works. In essence, you control the ebb and flow of scientific research. Scientists just follow your lead.
So how do we break down the walls people put up around science? How do we make science more understandable, more approachable, more likeable? To do this, we believe you need to start from a point innate to the human experience. That point is art. Art captivates us. It brings us inward. It makes us think, feel, consider, and imagine. To dissolve the misconceived barriers around science, we see art as the stepping stone. That’s why Biocanvas was created.
Biocanvas curates scientific research images that also double as art. Much like Starry Night captures your attention and elicits emotion, so too do science-as-art images. They are dazzlingly colorful and intricately patterned works found in the world around and within us. And behind each image is a science story: an interesting fact, an amazing discovery, a promise for the future. Biocanvas seeks to use “art” as a springboard to get people back into conversation with science. It seems ambitious, but Biocanvas is a promising start to igniting interest and understanding in science across all audiences.
How will science change you?
Michael Founder, Content Director
Michael is a PhD candidate studying stem cell biology at New York University School of Medicine. He researches how a single mutant stem cell can hijack and replace the normal pool of stem cells in tissues. Michael graduated from the University of Georgia with a BS in cellular biology and a certificate in interdisciplinary writing. During his undergraduate career, he has conducted research on brain development, basic stem cell behavior, and induced pluripotent stem cells. In his spare time, Michael likes to cook, play piano, and binge on episodes of Downton Abbey and Breaking Bad.
Lydia Content Developer
Lydia is a PhD candidate at New York University School of Medicine, where she studies how adult stem cells are maintained to support the integrity of an entire tissue. She graduated with a BS in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Lydia’s passion for science is both the research process itself and the desire to inspire others to fall in love with science. When she’s not working in the lab, she frequently indulges in baking, singing (a self-proclaimed a cappella fanatic and expert), and knitting mini-sweaters for her fruit fly subjects.
Monique Communications Director
Monique is a PhD candidate at New York University School of Medicine, where her lab’s main focus is to understand how potassium channels protect the heart and regulate blood flow. Monique graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County with a BS in biochemistry and molecular biology. When she’s not working in the lab, Monique enjoys cuddling up with a great book, learning as much as she can about the cutest animals ever (obviously penguins), and singing karaoke at the top of her lungs with friends.
Caroline Visual Director
Caroline is a graduate of the graphic design program at the University of Georgia. Her childhood passion for art took her into the professional field where she develops her artistic abilities and techniques in the realm of digital illustration and graphic design. She enjoys simple complexities such as the Golden Ratio and covets coordinating colors and pleasing patterns in her work. When not sketching or doodling, Caroline enjoys playing video games, obsessing over college football, singing at the top of her lungs, and fangirling over anime characters and Disney princesses.