Jen Ma

Science Communication & Art

On Growth and Form

On Growth and Form

◄  Commissioned cover design (in collaboration with architect and designer Matthew Spremulli) for Development's special issue On Growth and Form–100 Years On.

The cover features the iconic hand-drawn Nautilus Shell from D’Arcy Thompson’s On Growth and Form, as well as an array of new shapes designed by a script we developed that generates 3D logarithmic spirals. You can learn more about the cover from our interview with The Node

Fight to the Death

Fight to the Death

◄  Commissioned artwork to summarize a research project proposal on how cell competition can be harnessed using genetic engineering. In this watercolour piece, pointillism is used to capture competition between a population of cells. Each cluster of dots of the same tone represents a clone specifically designed to be extra fit–their genetic materials have been manipulated & programmed. These clones are taking over the entire system, as less fit clones (grey) wither away.

Elizabeth Blackwell – A collaboration with science writer and illustrator Nina Chhita for her Instagram series Nina Draws Scientists

Elizabeth Blackwell – A collaboration with science writer and illustrator Nina Chhita for her Instagram series Nina Draws Scientists

Tree of Life

Tree of Life

◄  This illustration represents how synergistic signalling can trigger cascades of regulatory events and impact cell lineage commitment. It was designed for a study published in Nature Methods and was selected to be the cover of that issue.

Bedtime Sketches

Bedtime Sketches

◄  A series of sketches that depicts the life of a graduate student. Through sharing vulnerable, authentic thoughts and experiences on social media, this series aims to break down some of the stereotypical assumptions of scientists, and replace them with a more relatable, trustworthy image.

Challenge Everything

Challenge Everything

◄  A featured piece created for a popular lettering challenge on Instagram to encourage constant exploration and reevaluation of our beliefs and values. 

Live. Love. Lab! – an entry for the #HomWork lettering challenge on Instagram

Live. Love. Lab! – an entry for the #HomWork lettering challenge on Instagram

Schooled with Sam – Podcast cover design

Schooled with Sam – Podcast cover design

Biophysics Week – a collaboration with the Biophysical Society

Biophysics Week – a collaboration with the Biophysical Society

Nature is Over-Raided

Nature is Over-Raided

#tinyscience

#tinyscience

◄  #tinyscience was a  week long Instagram campaign that combines lettering and science to share some of the small but exciting highlights from a stem cell biology lab.

Super G – a collaboration with Dr. Himanshu Kaul

Super G – a collaboration with Dr. Himanshu Kaul

Women in Science Day

Women in Science Day

The Epigenetic Landscape

The Epigenetic Landscape

◄  This illustration was designed for StemCellTalks, a national initiative in Canada that engage high school students to discuss stem cell science & practical ethics. It was inspired by the concepts behind Conrad Hal Waddington's epigenetic landscape.

Fake News – an entry for the #GoodTypeTuesday challenge on Instagram

Fake News – an entry for the #GoodTypeTuesday challenge on Instagram

The Serial Donor – part of the #StemCellWednesday Instagram campaign, which introduced concepts from the exciting field of stem cell research 

The Serial Donor – part of the #StemCellWednesday Instagram campaign, which introduced concepts from the exciting field of stem cell research 

Beauty sleeping in your eyes – part of the #StemCellWednesday  Instagram campaign

Beauty sleeping in your eyes – part of the #StemCellWednesday  Instagram campaign

Chimera – part of the #StemCellWednesday  Instagram campaign

Chimera – part of the #StemCellWednesday  Instagram campaign

Entangled

Entangled

◄  Commissioned piece to depict the complex relationships among plants, fungi, and other organisms in nature.

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