I’ve illustrated the coronavirus spike protein a lot over the last few years, including its mutations. In the process, I made many decisions about how to show mutations, and want to share my rationale. First, it’s important to review how we describe mutations – they’re identified in reference to an original, unmutated reference sequence. So, for example: This poses a challenge – do we show the structure of the mutated spike? Or the structure of the Read more…
Falconieri Visuals won the Award of Excellence in the 2022 Association of Medical Illustrators’ salon for the illustrations “Delta’s Defining Mutations”. The salon is judged by panels of medical illustrators and showcases the best work of AMI membership. Check out the winning work below!
What is AlphaFold? Predicting protein structures based on their amino acid sequence has been a scientific dream for decades. AlphaFold, an artificial intelligence (AI) system developed by DeepMind, makes that dream a reality. It predicts a protein’s 3D structure based solely on its primary structure. This video from one of DeepMind’s research scientists, Jonas Adler, shows visually how AlphaFold works to iteratively predict and refine a structure. Some of the graphics are really cool too. Read more…
Veronica Falconieri Hays was interviewed by WIRED for the article In a Pandemic, Medical Illustrators Made Science Accessible. Read her and fellow medical illustrators’ takes on how to make medical illustrations for science communication during a pandemic: In a Pandemic, Medical Illustrators Made Science Accessible
Falconieri Visuals artwork of a platinum-gold catalyst studied by the Argonne National Lab’s Stamenkovic lab is on the cover of the November 2020 Nature Materials Issue. Check it out here: Platinum dissolution suppression Based on Lopes PP, Li D, Lv H, et al. Eliminating dissolution of platinum-based electrocatalysts at the atomic scale. Nat Mater. 2020;19(11):1207-1214. doi:10.1038/s41563-020-0735-3
Veronica Falconieri Hays wrote about medical illustration and the use of molecular structures like those found in the Protein Data Bank in her work for the fall Education Corner column of the RCSB Newsletter. Read her complete article here: Using PDB Structures to Visualize Science
Veronica Falconieri Hays wrote about her research and model building process for the illustration of the coronavirus for the cover of July 2020’s Scientific American. You can find her complete article here: How I Built a 3-D Model of the Coronavirus for Scientific American.