Several months ago, I created a squirrel brooch, which I then neglected to photograph for quite some time. Initially, I was planning to offer it by itself in my Etsy Shop, but after seeing it on my desk for so long, a new idea crossed my mind. I wondered if it can serve more than... Continue Reading →
How I use art to retain connection with my past passions
https://www.instagram.com/p/BmO6Lhughot/?utm_source=ig_web_button_share_sheet As some of you may know, I currently work at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Gene Editing and Screening Core Facility. What does that mean in English? I means that I do large (high throughput) experiments called screens to find novel drugs for regulating different cellular functions. Each project is different and unique... Continue Reading →
How do you make people see science behind the art?
Over the last couple of years, I have been thinking a lot about how SciArt can become more relatable to people who do not have a scientific background. How do we distinguish it from the more common concept of modern or abstract art? While art is often meant to be interpreted through the “eye of... Continue Reading →
Catching the dream
Those of you who have read my blog before, know that 2 years ago I (temporarily) left the field of neuroscience, which is the area of my expertise and passion. Due to life circumstances, I had to switch to an agnostic field of high throughput image-based screening for novel drug candidates. While this work provides... Continue Reading →
One of the major challenges in the field of neuroscience is the poor ability of neurons to regenerate after acute injury. Conditions such as spinal cord injury sever the neuronal connections, leading to permanent paralysis with no treatments currently available. After birth, the vast majority of neurons lose their ability to divide and create new cells,... Continue Reading →
Ever since going through a traumatic experience in 2017, I have been working on expressing my emotions through art. In 2017, I created "Tortured", where the nerve scar represents a shocking life event that acts as a significant barrier to moving forward. Despite its presence, some brave growth tips manage to break through. They show resilience,... Continue Reading →
“Guidance” – where do you go from here?
Today I would like to tell you story behind one of my very first pieces of art that I made when starting NeuroBead. During my scientific career, I have always been fascinated by the complexity of human brain architecture, and the ability of neurons to make the right connections in this labyrinth. When a neuronal... Continue Reading →
Here is the second piece I presented at the Women in Bio SciArt event and the story behind it. Tortured (2017) – 12″ x 12″ Traumatic injury to the central nervous system results in an inhibitory environment. This condition presents a serious challenge for neurons that attempt to regenerate. In addition to inhibitory biochemical signals,... Continue Reading →
Women in Bio SciArt event praise keeps rolling in…
Here is a summary of the SciArt event that was published in Women in Bio newsletter. I am happy to announce that "Guidance" - one of my earlier pieces (depicted above) is now available on both Etsy and eBay. Come get it while it's hot!
Bridging science, art and society
Last year, when I founded NeuroBead, I based it on the idea that scientists like myself would want to see beautiful images from their research commemorated as pieces of art, that they could display on their walls. Many academic institutions, especially neuroscience departments, decorate their hallways with enlarged photos of cells that were taken under... Continue Reading →