I graduated from the University of Richmond in 2015 with a B.S. in Biology and B.A. in Studio Art, and earned my Masters of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine from the University of Southern California in 2017.
I originally started creating SciArt while at USC to better illustrate the concepts of stem cell biology that I was learning about in class.
The goal of that first project, Art for Science's Sake, was 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 that project was to improve public perceptions of the field and help people understand the potential of the research by making that research more accessible through art.
Since graduating, I have begun working in the biotech field in San Diego, CA, and continue to create art in my spare time.
See other, non-SciArt that I create here: amandakwieraga.wixsite.com/sostache