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Anna Lensch is a sophomore illustration student making her second debut on the cover of a stem cell journal called, Stem Cell Reports, published by Cell Press.

Anna Lensch is a sophomore Illustration major making her second debut on the cover of a stem cell journal called, Stem Cell Reports, published by Cell Press. This journal is viewed by over 4000 members of the International Society for Stem Cell Research. The collaboration of art and science began while Anna Lensch was doing an internship her senior year of high school at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute. People began to notice that her interest was not necessarily in the rigor of test results, but in being able to visually communicate work being done in the lab. Lensch’s father has also been an influence, since he has a background in studying blood stem cells. Scientists working with Lensch see her as a resource to be able to visually convey information in creative and emotive ways. Lensch’s latest work shows snails moving across the page. The snails represent a protein literally called SNAIL, and they are slowly pushing connective tissue cells to become pluripotent (capable of growing different types of cells). Lensch is truly making the language of science more accessible to a wider audience, while also presenting a new perspective to stem cell research experts.

Snail cover Anna Lensch

View this journal publication of Stem Cell Reports by Cell Press here.


Photo of Anna Lensch and cover image courtesy of Cell Press.

— Posted on 11/20 at 05:35 PM

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