My research in biomedical science investigates how the cells that fight infection can sometimes cause collateral damage. One of these cells is called a macrophage or ‘big eater’.
Amazing for many reasons, our immune system and cells is always busy and we never get to see all the things that are going on inside of us. Usually this can be done by light and electron microscopy using a variety of bright and wonderful dyes. The resolution of these images is rarely perfect especially when they are moving.
I have painted a watercolour of a colleague at UCL’s microscopy samples. The colours represent structural filaments actin and vinculin, obviously our cells are not really that colour. They’re more like the colour beige.