About 10 years ago, I ran across a hilarious article that illustrates the importance of communicating science to the general public. It was written in response to a storm of criticism of how scientific organizations were spending the taxpayers' money. A particularly hot controversy was triggered by a video that has gone viral - showing... Continue Reading →
My interview with STEM to the Sky
A few weeks ago I was contacted by a couple middle school students in D.C. who have organized an initiative called STEM to the Sky to expose more of their peers to science. They hold interviews with scientists from different fields to inspire middle and high school students to go into STEM. Such a great... Continue Reading →
It’s 2021! Where is your life going?
2020 has made many of us pivot and change our plans and vision on the fly. Do you know what you are striving towards now? How did you turn and where are you going? This 6” x 6” card stock shows a closeup of a neuronal growth cone that follows a gradient of guidance cues... Continue Reading →
My beaded art piece “Finding Your Self” will be exhibited at a New York gallery next week!
You can read more about this piece here, here and here. And please check out my gallery for more of my artwork! You can also come join my Patreon community for more behind the scenes photos!
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 →
This is how SciArt ideas are born
Last year, while going through the SciArt Center residency program, I wrote a blog post about how I start planning out new projects and how my “blueprints” turn into 3-dimensional artwork. In contrast to (likely) most artists, my sketchbook contains more writing than drawing. This is how I capture ideas about different options that I... 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 →
“Finding Your Self”
Finding Your Self, 2019 Here is the final version of this 5 month (!!!) long project. As a refresher, it is based on a closeup microscopy image of a retina, which is responsible for our sense of vision. The blue branches are blood vessels. The red strands are axons of neurons that transmit the information... Continue Reading →
So grateful for this feedback
This quote was recently posted on Facebook in association with my latest piece "Sunrise". I am so thankful for the kind words from one of my customers Carla Harris! "I love the art of Yana Zorina, a neuroscientist whose artworks are inspired by her field of scientific research. I have been following this blog for... Continue Reading →