I graduated from the University of Richmond in 2015 with a B.S. in Biology and B.A. in Studio Art. I am currently a student at the University of Southern California and am working to earn my Masters of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine.
The goal of my project, Art for Science's Sake, is to make scientific findings accessible to a non-specialized audience through a series of engaging and accurate paintings centered on new discoveries being made at the USC Keck School of Medicine in the field of stem cell biology. Stem cell biology has been a controversial topic since its infancy for religious and other reasons. A survey conducted in 2005 found that familiarity with stem cell topics is often correlated with positive public perceptions. However, only 13% of participants claimed they were knowledgeable about stem cells and 46% claimed they didn’t know much or anything about the issue. Therefore, my hope with this project is to improve public perceptions of the field and help people understand the potential of the research by making that research more accessible through art.