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Congratulations to winners of the 2018 Science Image Challenge!

Congratulations to Jee-Wei Emily Chen, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering graduate student in Professor Brendan Harley’s lab. Her image, “A Rising Moon Above the Mountain” was named winner of the School of Chemical Sciences’ 2018 Science Image Challenge.

The annual research image competition is sponsored by the School of Chemical Sciences and open to graduate and undergraduate students, postdoctoral associates/fellows, and staff members, excluding faculty members.

“Rising Moon Above the Mountain”

Description: This is a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) image of gelatin hydrogel added with false color composite with a glioblastoma brain tumor microshperoid environmental electron scanning microscope (ESEM) image. The tumor mimetic microspheroid embedded in the brain-mimetic hydrogel will allow us to visualize tumor therapeutic responses. Acknowledgement: SEM and ESEM image was taken at the Beckman Institute with assistance from Cate Wallace.

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend the SCS VizLab’s open house to celebrate the winner and finalists.

SCS VizLab Open House

151 Noyes Lab

2-4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11

2:30 p.m. awards presentation

Refreshments will be provided.

In addition to Chen’s winning image, four finalists were named.

“Fire and Ice,” Marley Dewey, Harley Lab

Description: An environmental scanning electron microscope image of a poly(lactic acid) 3D print (blue) within a porous mineralized collagen scaffold (red). 3D prints are used to reinforce the soft mineralized collagen scaffold, which is used for bone regeneration of large missing bone defects in the skull and jaw.


“Feathers of the Ocean,” Prapti Kafle, Diao Lab

Description: Presented is a cross-polarized microscopy image of nanothin films of an anti-cancer drug ellipticine on edible polymer-pullulan. The film, produced by solution shearing of the drug solution under highly non-equilibrium conditions, embraces an elegant morphology with oriented needles and spherulites, that resembles feathers of a bird, camouflaging in the ocean.


“Molecular Machinery,” Matthew Chan, Shukla Lab

Description: Proteins are intricate molecular machines. Shown here, the serotonin transporter undergoes conformational changes to transport serotonin and ions across the membrane. Using computational simulations, we can visualize the complex dynamics to understand of how these molecular machines can be regulated. Image was based on simulation results and drawn in Illustrator.


“Molecular Dynamics of Cytochrome P450 with Endogenous Inhibitor Virodhamine,” Andres Arango, Tajkhorshid Lab, Center for Biophysics and Quantitative Biology

Description: Cytochrome P450s (CYPs) are responsible for the metabolism of many exogenous and endogenous biomolecules. This image depicts the molecular dynamics simulations virodhamine, an endogenous inhibitor of CYP2J2, the predominant CYP in heart tissue.

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