I dream of being able to peer into a cell– to witness its inner workings.
Certified Medical Illustrator
ABOUT GRAHAM JOHNSON PHD, CMI
Graham is a computational biologist and Certified Medical Illustrator (CMI) with 18 years of professional experience (grahamj.com). His lab at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) works to generate, simulate and visualize molecular models of cells (mesoscope.org). Graham recently joined the Allen Institute for Cell Science as the Director of the Animated Cell. At AICS, Graham and his team will compile heaps of 3D cell microscope images into multi-scale, spatiotemporal and interactive models of cells. They are building an Animated Cell Explorer, which that will provide user interface to a database of integrated cell atlases and all of the data sets used to generate those atlases.
Graham has specialized in the visual communication of molecular and cellular biology since graduating from The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Department of Art as Applied to Medicine in 1997. He illustrates the textbook Cell Biology by Tom Pollard, Bill Earnshaw, and Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz as an author, and has created thousands of scientific visuals ranging from journal covers to pedagogic animations and game designs. He received his PhD in Biology in 2011 from The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, CA, working in Art Olson’s Molecular Graphics Lab. Graham has run his lab at UCSF since 2012 as a QB3@UCSF Faculty Fellow where he now maintains a part-time position.
Ever since working on his first depictions of cell biology, Graham dreamed of being able to peer deep into a cell, to explore its structural relationships across all scales and to better understand its inner workings. He eventually returned to graduate school to establish protocols and develop software that could begin to assemble multitudes of fragmented data, spanning all of biology, into integrated whole-cell structural models. His lab’s Mesoscope project and his team at AICS continue this mission by uniting biologists, programmers and artists to interoperate the computational tools of science and art. For examples of software and models developed in continued collaboration between Ludovic Autin of MGL and the Mesocsope Lab, please visit epmv.scripps.edu and cellPACK.org.
GRAHAM JOHNSON MEDICAL MEDIA
Visual Clarification of Molecules, Cells, & Science