As part of the American Society for Microbiology‘s first ever “Agar Art” contest, numerous scientists tapped into their artistic side and produced beautiful Petri dish art using modified proteins, yeast, fungi and bacteria. Whether it’s a multi-dish representation of New York city, Vincent Van Gogh’s “Starry Night“, or beautifully arranged neurons, butterflies or flowers, every piece of this infectiously beautiful art represents a bridge between art and microbiology.
Mehmet Berkmen of New England Biolabs, who worked with artist Maria Penil obtained first place in the competition with their work called “Neurons.” The Petri dish was colored to look like nerve cells using the yellow bacteria named Nesterenkonia and the orange bacteria called Deinococcus and Sphingomonas.
Take a look below at all the winning artwork! The entire catalog of all 85 submissions can me seen here.