NIH Director’s Blog highlights CSUN students’ BioArt

An image of cells in a fruit fly ovary from a CSUN Biology undergraduate course, which was recently recognized in the annual FASEB BioArt competition, has now been highlighted on the NIH Director’s Blog as an example of integration of teaching with research work. NIH Director Francis Collins writes, of the image developed by CSUN Biology faculty  Crystal Rogers Mariano Loza-Coll

What makes this image unique among this year’s BioArt winners is that the prep work was done by undergraduate students just learning how to work in a lab. They did the tissue dissections, molecular labeling, and beautiful stainings in preparation for Rogers to “snap” the photo on her research lab’s optical-sectioning microscope.

Image: Rogers and Loza-Coll’s winning submission.