Over the decade Mary conducted research in the fields of molecular cell biology, genetics and developmental biology (relating to tissue formation, cancer and neuroscience), she was fortunate to have access to high-powered confocal microscopes that allowed her to image cells in their native environments.
In Spring 2017, she began exploring turning her scientific images into art, launching a new digital line called "Cellular Landscapes." She hopes these works will inspire contemplation and reverence of our innermost workings, and of our bodies as a whole.
All of the images you see here are of tissues of the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster. (Yes, the fruit fly. Believe it or not, flies are much like humans on many levels - molecular, cellular and genetic! Amazing! Learn more here.)
If you want to know more about these images and what they mean, please click on them. If you're still not satisfied, please email Mary for more details - she LOVES talking science!
Mary acquired these images @ between 10 - 63x magnification using laser scanning confocal microscopy or scanning electron microscopy. In some cases, she manipulated the images; in others, she left them as they appeared as under the microscope, innately perfect in form.
(Custom print sizes available on request.)
A note of gratitude:
Mary is very grateful to have been trained to use laser-scanning confocal microscopes ($250K+!) by her PhD supervisor Dr Katja Roper at Cambridge University, in the renowned Gurdon Institute and the laboratory of her gracious mentor, Dr Nick Brown. She is so thankful to have studied there, to have learned from scholars, Nobel Laureates and scientists from all over the world, and to be part of such an incredible community of people. She is grateful to have continued studying the remarkable inner workings of the cell through her Post-doctoral studies in the laboratory of Dr Guy Tanentzapf (Dept. of Cell and Developmental Biology, University of British Columbia) and as a Research Associate in the laboratory of Dr Michael Gordon (Dept. of Zoology, University of British Columbia).