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Toledo CellulART 2022
will be held on September 23rd


Toledo CellulART is a meeting that brings together the art and scientific communities of Northwestern Ohio, Southern Michigan, and Northeastern Indiana to appreciate the link between art and science while also promoting collaboration, interaction, and discussion between researchers working with the cytoskeleton.

This year's event Keynote speaker is Tatyana Svitkina!
and the Scientist/Artist is Janet Iwasa!

About our 2022 Toledo CellulART  Speakers
Tatyana Svitkina, PhD


Department of Biology

University of Pennsylvania

My laboratory investigates roles of the actin cytoskeleton in various cellular activities, such as cell motility, morphogenesis, cell shape determination, cell-cell interactions and membrane organelle dynamics. Our distinctive approach toward this goal is to take advantage of high resolution structure of the cytoskeleton and link specific actin filament arrays to cellular activities and roles of individual proteins. For structural studies, we use platinum replica electron microscopy (PREM), which produces very informative high resolution images of cytoskeleton architecture. Since structure alone is insufficient to reveal cytoskeleton functions, we also use a whole range of other cell biological, biochemical, and molecular biological methods to investigate cytoskeleton functions. We obtain particularly informative mechanistic insights into cell biology by using correlative light microscopy and PREM to link the cytoskeleton structure to dynamics of the cell, cellular organelles, or specific proteins.

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Janet Iwasa, PhD

Assistant Professor,

Department of Biochemistry

University of Utah

Janet Iwasa is an assistant professor in the Biochemistry Department at the University of Utah and the head of the Animation Lab.  The Animation Lab is broadly interested in creating accurate and compelling molecular visualizations that will support research, learning and scientific communication.  Janet's award-winning illustrations and animations have appeared in scientific journals including Nature, Science and Cell, as well as in the New York Times.  Her work has also been featured on television and in museum exhibits.  Janet was named a 2017 TED senior fellow and recognized as one of the "100 Leading Global Thinkers" of 2014 by Foreign Policy magazine and one of the “100 Most Creative People” of 2012 by Fast Company magazine.  After receiving a Ph.D. from the University of California, San Francisco for studies of the actin cytoskeleton in Dyche Mullins’ lab, she completed a postdoc with Jack Szostak where she focused on visualizations of the origins of life, and later worked on biological visualizations as a faculty member at Harvard Medical School.

Fermin Uriz

Invited Artist

Fermin Uriz is an interdisciplinary designer who works in between the lines of aesthetics, nature and technology. In recent years, he has been heavily influenced by digital fabrication and manipulation which has extended through his recent works.

Coming from a family line of artistic talent from abroad, he takes inspiration from his father’s passion for creating which has been deeply ingrained into a multifaceted life.

Uriz’s abundant ideas and concepts stem from an array of sources such as podcasts, articles, books, music, philosophy, architecture, science and sustainability. This broad library allows him to interconnect subjects and develop within these intermixed languages. While working in Europe, some of the projects he has worked on have walked the carpets of Cannes Film Festival and the Met Gala. Uriz has been a part of several art shows and has achieved international recognition with renowned global design awards. If you would like to keep up with his work, you can follow along through his Instagram @franco_meench_ and website at


University of Michigan

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About Us

The University of Michigan unites scientists from many fields who work together to study organism development, function and disease.  The goal of these studies is to design new and effective ways to treat disease and provide better understanding of ourselves as well as the world that surrounds us.

In the course of this research, scientists use special stains to add color to the otherwise transparent tissues. Microscopes then allow detailed observation. The tiny biological structures revealed in these images are beautiful; we share them with you here as a fascinating combination of art and science that we call BioArtography.

On this site, you can purchase images displayed at the Ann Arbor Art Fair BioArtography Booth.  Proceeds from the sale of this work help support the training of our next generation of researchers.

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We would like to extend a thank you to all those who attended and

supported the 3rd annual Toledo CellulART!

We look forward to seeing you again this year. 


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