Art of Research Image Contest

The Art of Research image contest celebrates the outstanding research done by our postdoctoral fellows, while showcasing the beauty of science and research.

This inaugural competition, in 2016, was held in honor of Helen Goodridge, PhD, founding director of the Postdoctoral Scientist Program.

All postdoctoral scientists were eligible.

Images were judged by an expert panel on scientific significance, originality, and artistic or visual impact.

2017 judging panel:

  • Barry Stripp, PhD, Professor, Medicine
  • Helen Goodridge, PhD, Associate Professor, Biomedical Sciences
  • Kolja Wawrowsky, PhD, Director, Confocal Microscopy Core
  • Cath Kolka, PhD, Assistant Professor, Biomedical Sciences
  • John Lange, Curator, Cedars-Sinai Art Collection
  • Behzad Sharif, Research Associate I, Biomedical Imaging Research Institute


2017 Winners

First Place: Jan Kaminski

Waveforms: Waveforms of neurons recoded in human brain. Clockwise from top left: substantia nigra, striatum, anterior cingulate cortex and amygdala.


Second Place: Annunziata Crupi

Fluorescence microscope image: Slow myosin+ fibers (green) surrounded by laminin (red) in soleus; tiny red circles are satellite cells.


Third Place: Stacey Chung

hTERT stained for CK8 & CK14: HMEC hTERT cells stained for CK8 (luminal) and CK14 (myoepithelial) markers.


Honorable Mentions

Shikhar Aggarwal — SOX9+ rental tubular cells


Felix Alonso-Valenteen — 
Overcoming Barriers


Benjamin Bakondi
Translational Gene Transfer to Epithelial Cells in the Rodent Retina


Irina Epifantseva
The Secret Lives of Gja1 mRNA


Tianyanxin Sun
First trimester human placental cells



2016 Winners

First Place: Benjamin Bakondi

Multipotent: Multipotency assay for GMP-grade human neural progenitor cells (blue: DAPI; green: GFAP; red: Beta-III tubulin)

Contributors: Changqing Zhang and Josh Saylor


Runner-Up: Connie Ho

A Kaleidoscopic View of Our Inner Self: The microbial composition in our gut is a reflection of our diet, physiology and health status. These gut microbes are sensitive to the foods we eat, and changing the gut microbiome can help some people manage chronic diseases.

Contributor: Andy Featherston


Runner-Up: Changqing Zhang

Circle of Aging: Mysterious circles appear inside myoblasts isolated from old mice. Stained with Tcf4 and Phalloidin.


Honorable Mentions

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A huge thank you to all participants!