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Minimum information reporting in bio-nano experimental literature

This illustration accompanies an article published in Nature Nanotechnology. It highlights the importance of  improving one of many barriers to progress in the multidisciplinary field of biological application of nanotechnology (‘bio-nano’)—that of standards of experiment reporting in scientific publication. The article proposes components in 3 main categories: material and biological characterization, and experimental protocol details.

JAMA Obesity Theme Issue

The cover image for the Jan 16, 2018 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. This issue was dedicated to research and reviews on the current status of obesity management and long-term care.

The image focuses on aspects of diet decision-making and food choices, by ‘expanding’ a few common foods and beverages into their key components and caloric content.


Creating editorial images such as these is a rewarding process of iteration and experimentation, to tackle elements of content, style, and arrangement.
This is our 10th cover for JAMA as a company, and our 31st for them, overall as individual illustrators!

Bridging Bio-nano Science and Cancer Medicine (detail)

Bridging bio–nano science and cancer nanomedicine

This illustration accompanies an article published in ACS Nano. It features many issues at the interface between “bio-nano” science (research into the properties and processes of nanoscale phenomena in biological and biology-inspired structures) and cancer nanomedicine (research into the application of nanoscale materials and nanotechnology for the prevention and treatment of diseases).

The illustration serves as an overview of the key influential forces in nanomaterial engineering, current oncology research—and, to highlight ways to improve the next-generation of nanomedicines—also draws focus to existing controversies, and emerging concepts and opportunities for tumor targeting and clinical impact.

Convergent science

This illustration accompanies an article published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. It highlights the concept of convergent science—the intersection of [1] cumulative research (creating complex connections and clinical application by building up simple solutions), [2] identifying ideas worth pursuing (research that has greatest potential for substantial clinical benefit), [3] transparent science (open science approaches to enhance reproducibility and reliability), [4] dark data (tapping into and utilizing unreported, ‘wasted’ data), and [5] bio-nano standards (big data approaches to discovering patterns).

Food allergies

An editorial image for an article in JAMA‘s Medical News and Perspectives section on evolving understandings about inducing immunological tolerance to food allergens.

JAMA. 2012;307(4):345-348

Tainted diet drugs

An editorial image for an article in JAMA‘s Medical News and Perspectives section on an FDA warning anout 70 over-the-counter diet products that may contain undeclared, dangerous drugs.

JAMA. 2009;301(8):817

Baby bottles and BPA

An editorial image for an article in JAMA‘s Medical News and Perspectives section on surrounding FDA’s position on bisphenol A (BPA) safety, and legislators’ concerns over the chemical leading to diabetes, cancer, and obesity.