From lab to launch: New art exhibition inspired by science

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Diane Munday, Nicola Beesley and Marie Yang with postcard versions of the artwork they produced for the exhibition

Artwork by three scientists from the Institute of Infection and Global Health features as part of a new exhibition at the University of Liverpool.

Postdoctoral research associates Dr Diane Munday and Dr Marie Yang and PhD student Nicola Beesley have each produced creative graphic pieces based on their own research as part of the University's Histories, Languages and Cultures (HLC) Art Exhibition.

The exhibition is a growing venture presenting exhibitions that raise awareness of emerging artists and new innovative approaches.

Designer Virus

Diane works in our Respiratory and Emerging Viruses Group and studies Human Respiratory Syncytial Virus (HRSV). She has used fluorescent microscope images of virus-infected lung cells and turned them into a textile design, taking inspiration from famous artists and vintage trends.

Diane said: "As part of my research I do a lot of confocal microscopy to visualise HRSV. The images themselves are often very striking and I have always thought they could be applied to something other than just my job!  With help from family and friends I came up with the idea of applying some of the pictures to design and fashion and I’m really pleased with how they turned out.”

Cells at War

Marie works in our Bacterial Pathogenicity Group and studies Streptococcus pneumonia, which is a bacterium responsible for severe disorders such as sepsis, pneumonia and meningitis. She has created colourful, abstract pieces based on images from her research.

Marie said: “My idea was to use modified confocal and scanning electron microscopy images of Streptococcus pneumonia and immune-system dendritic cells, and blend them together to create a piece that would depict the ongoing fight between immune cells and pathogens.”

Deciphering Nature’s Artistry

Nicola is a veterinarian who works in our Liver Fluke Group. As part of her research she uses microscopic images to observe and count chromosomes in the reproductive cells of the liver fluke; a parasite that causes disease of huge economic and welfare importance in sheep and cattle in the UK.

Nicola said: “My artwork shows stained reproductive cells and if you look hard enough you can see chromosomes within some of them. I thought this was a good visual representation of some of the work I do and visitors to the exhibition can try and count the chromosomes themselves!"

Diane, Marie and Nicola all attended a special launch event for the exhibition on 14 February and cooked up some science-inspired cupcakes for the occasion! Check out a gallery of photos from the launch on our Facebook site. The exhibition is free to enter and runs until 31 July 2014 (details below) so be sure to go and check it out!

University of Liverpool Histories, Languages and Cultures (HLC) Art Exhibition

17 February – 31 July 2014

Open weekdays 9am – 5pm

8-12 Abercromby Square, Liverpool L69 7WZ

Free entry