Some of my science-based artwork and artistic representations of scientific results.
Designed DNA Microcrystals
A false-colored image of microcrystals self-assembled from tensegrity triangle DNA motifs. The motifs span three-space and are tailed with sticky ends so they connect with each other to form a three-dimensional crystalline lattice. Scale bar: 10 µm.
Lines from the poem "Snow" by John Davidson are apt for this image:
'Who affirms that crystals are alive?' I affirm it, let who will deny: Crystals are engendered, wax and thrive, Wane and wither; I have seen them die.
Trust me, masters, crystals have their day, Eager to attain the perfect norm, Lit with purpose, potent to display Facet, angle, colour, beauty, form.
DNA "sticky ends" are short complementary single stranded segments that are used to connect two duplexes. Sticky ends feature in the construction of many DNA nanostructures and arrays. This is an artistic portrayal of a DNA connection, with the different DNA duplexes linked by a sticky end "handshake".
A stylistic portrayal of the reconfigurable DNA nanoswitch used to demonstrate a rewriteable 5-bit memory system. Looped conformations of DNA nanoswitches (center piece) collectively provide 1's and unlooped conformations are 0's. Shown on the left and right side of the loop are words "Hello World" encoded in binary using this system, with a gel electrophoresis readout.
This image was selected to be the cover of Vol 45, Issue 19 of the journal Nucleic Acids Research. Check out the research article here.
Triple helical DNA
A three-stranded DNA complex: Triplex-forming oligonucleotides add flavor to the structural aspects of nucleic acids, as well as to novel constructions using DNA and RNA.