David Goodsell, a molecular artist and associate professor Molecular Biology at the Scripps Research Institute in San Diego, tries to capture a scientifically accurate picture of the inner workings of the cell by creating gorgeous, intricate watercolor paintings. To achieve this level of scientific accuracy, the ultimate form of each molecule he paints is based on days to sometimes weeks of research on structural and chemical protein data.
The work of Goodsell lets the viewer intuitively feel the complexity of the cell and how crowded the interior of a cell actually is. These images shape the way cell biologists think of the organization within cells and how thousands of proteins interact to create life itself. Goodsell’s beautiful paintings are even used by medicinal chemists to look at how receptors are organized and to gain clues about how to design appropriate drugs to target these receptors.
Recently, he won first prize in the prestigious Wellcome Image Awards 2016 competition with his work on the Ebola virus.
All credit and copyright for the images goes to David Goodsell.