2011 Northwestern Scientific Images Contest Winners

Maya Srikanth, a NUIN Graduate student from the Laboratory of John Kessler, takes Fifth Place in the 2011 Northwestern Scientific Images Contest with her colorful capture of Glioblastomas.

Glioblastomas, the most common and most lethal form of brain tumors, contain cells that behave like stem cells. Stem cells are unspecialized cells that can develop into many of the cell types that make up the body, such as brain cells. Here, these tumor cells have differentiated into two types: neurons (red) and astrocytes (green). Researchers are targeting these cells by preventing them from communicating with their environment, which causes the cells to die. This technique may prove key to stopping rapid cancer recurrence and improving survival rates.

Scientific research often produces beautiful images.

These pieces, judged by a panel of local artists, scientists and community leaders, are representative of real Northwestern research across a wide range of disciplines, including medicine, chemistry, engineering, nanotechnology and Earth science.

We invite you to enjoy both the beauty and innovation of Northwestern science.

Want to see even more images? Check out the 2010 winners here.

Winners from 2010 and 2011 are also on display through October 31 at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center in Evanston, IL (927 Noyes Street). Gallery hours are from 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM Monday through Saturday and 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM on Sunday.

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