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Laboratory: Alyssa Hasty

ARTIST STATEMENT
Liyan Shen had been the president of the illustration club in her high school for three years so she spent a lot of time drawing illustrations, but none of them are related to science. She usually would brainstorm and plan exhaustively in her mind. After that, she would make a sketch, revise a little, and finish the drawing. Dealing with scientific topics, I research a lot before brainstorming and also ask for a lot of feedback from my mentor. This process takes more time, but it’s also more interesting and challenging. My works show how the iron-handling abilities of macrophages differ when there are extra iron in lean and obese animals and how macrophages and adipocyte react to the excess iron. Two core concepts are: MFehi
macrophages are macrophages
with a high iron concentration in adipose tissue, while MFelo
macrophages are macrophages with a low iron
concentration in adipose tissue. My overall experience has been very great. I talked with very amazing researchers, understood a lot of scientific concepts that I’ve never known before, and challenged myself by converting complex theories to understandable drawings and by continue evaluating my works from the perspective of viewers. MFehi
macrophages are macrophages with a high iron concentration in adipose.

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