From Micrographs to Medical Illustrations: Artwork from our CBR Cover Art Contest

We love seeing diverse talent from CBR members, many of whom are brilliant artists and photographers as well as scientists! These images were submitted to our most recent CBR Cover Art Contest. The winning image, by Taylor Da Silva, was featured on the cover of our November 2021 CBR Magazine.

From micrographs to fieldwork to medical illustrations, we were thrilled to see such artistic creativity.


"I have always had interest in both the sciences and the arts, and I often like to create a fusion of the two in my drawings.

In my Botanical Heart drawing, I felt as if the flowers and vines twisting through the chambers of the heart represented the way that the heart provides life to the rest of the body.

I am an undergraduate student in the Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science program at UBC, and I took the other two images during our microscopy course as we learned how to use a light microscope and take micrographs of histological slides. I particularly enjoyed this course because of the pictures I could see in the slides; these include the rectal cells resembling van Gogh’s The Starry Night, and a blood vessel resembling the sun setting over a sea of red blood cells."


“Botanical Heart”

Ink drawing of a human heart with various types of flowers winding through the chambers of the heart and blossoming out of the vessels.

“Alveoli and Pulmonary Blood Vessels (winning entry)”

Light micrograph of a hematoxylin and eosin-stained section of a lung. The circular blood vessel appears similar to a sun setting over a sea of red blood cells within the blood vessel below.

“Rectal Cells”

Light micrograph of a hematoxylin and eosin-stained section of a rectum.

"These photos were captured during my first summer of honey bee research. I was in undergrad and got hired as a research assistant with one of Alberta’s apiculture teams.

After mentioning that I already dabbled in photography, I was given access to the team’s photo equipment for one project in the field with our hives. From that day on, it became my norm to bring the camera bag into our field truck whenever we left the lab. The bees in these photos are from research hives in Lethbridge, Alberta, and the hands or white backs are those of some of Canada’s best honey bee scientists.

In the Foster Lab, we commit ourselves to lab and field work, which is novel for the world of biochemistry. These photos speak to the detail that we researchers must be attentive to while beekeeping, the meticulous work we do when sampling, and the collaboration and learning that occur when we are in the field."


“The Front and Back Door of a Commercial Bee Hive”

A mixture of guard and forager bees populate the large white entrance to the hive on a warm summer’s day.

“There’s Nothing a Tweezer Can’t Do”

Two researchers use tweezers to draw pupae out of capped brood cells. The frame is shaken of bees and put on a flat surface so the researchers can carefully uncap pupae for sampling.

“A Real Good Look”

A researcher holds a frame of bees and capped brood for observation by the other beekeepers. All three of them are observing the frame looking for signs of a healthy hive.

Tiffany Cameron bio photo"This photo was taken while my colleague Elyn Rowe and I were imaging our samples. We were testing extracellular matrix (ECM) compositions for optimizing human brain microvascular endothelial cell protein expression and morphology.

My research is associated with developing a perfusable blood-brain barrier model, and the ECM-optimization stage is within the first steps of developing a tight endothelial cell barrier."

“Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, Human Brain Microvascular Endothelial Cells Would Rather Be a Flower, How About You?”

Human brain microvascular endothelial cells stained for tight junctions (zonula occluden 1) and nuclei (dapi) resemble a rose.