2015 BioArt Competition Winners: Mehmet Berkmen and Maria Penil
Dr. Mehmet Berkmen’s laboratory built a unique chamber that allows scientists in the lab to photograph bacteria colonies grown on agar plates for several weeks.
Because agar rapidly dehydrates, such long-term growth would not be possible outside the specialized time-lapse photography chamber. The researchers use this method to study long-term interactions between colonies of bacteria.
In this video, bacteria painted onto an agar plate grow into an image of a flowering plant. Several different types of bacteria can be seen, including Serratia (red), Bacillus (white), and Nesterenkonia (yellow).
The laboratory receives funding from the National Institutes for Health to develop methods for producing human antibodies in bacteria.The video was created by local artist Maria Penil as a part of the laboratory’s public outreach efforts.