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Introducing Toledo CellulART Featured Scientist/Artist
David S. Goodsell, Ph.D.

Professor of Computational Biology at the Scripps Research Institute and Research Professor at Rutgers State University

Brief Description: Did you ever imagined that a Scientist can be involved in filmmaking? What unique perspectives can be achieved by these to different professions working together? David is one accomplished scientist that nevertheless finds the way to merge his artistic skills with the work he does. From science museums to the industry of film, his art has helped create a better and beautiful understanding of the molecular world. David will give you an exciting glimpse into his life and how he has impacted science, education and the public with his two passions: science and art.


About the speaker: David S. Goodsell currently holds a dual appointment as Professor of Computational Biology at the Scripps Research Institute and Research Professor at Rutgers State University. He divides his time between research and science outreach. His research centers on methods for computational structural biology and their application to drug design, protein function prediction, and modeling of the molecular structure of entire cells. Current work includes development and applications of CellPACK, a new method for creating three-dimensional atomic models of large portions of cells, and continued development of AutoDock, a widely-used computational docking program used for drug design and virtual screening. He is applying these methods to the structure and function of bacterial cells, with a strong focus on bacterial nucleoids, as well as work into the structural mechanisms of HIV-1 budding and maturation. In his science outreach work, he has developed new visual methods for exploring molecular and cellular structure. This includes two decades of work on depiction of the cellular mesoscale, and development of non-photorealistic rendering methods for molecular and cellular subjects. He currently creates outreach materials for the RCSB Protein Data Bank, including a popular monthly column that presents molecular structure and function for general audiences. He has written four general-interest books on molecular biology, cell biology and bionanotechnology, and has collaborated with science museums, filmmakers, educators and popular authors on the creation of educational and outreach materials.

Nikon’s Small World is regarded as the leading forum for showcasing the beauty and complexity of life as seen through the light microscope. The Photomicrography Competition is open to anyone with an interest in microscopy and photography. The video competition, entitled Small World In Motion encompasses any movie or digital time-lapse photography taken through the microscope.


Nikon's Small World


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.

Student Image Response Exhibition

University of Toledo Department of Art

Three University of Toledo Department of Art students were invited by Toledo CellulART to create works of art inspired by microscopic images. Each student took a unique path in the development of their final work.

Rachelle Williams found inspiration in the fractures and tension within the images depicted stress. Williams created paintings that explore a topography of stress.

Domenic Pennetta used a specific index of imagery related to insects and reproduction. Pennetta created a series of drawings inspired by entomology. 

Tyler Saner appropriated components of every image and created a design system that focused on aspects of repetition and layering. Saner was inspired by organic systems of replication.