Bacterial art

The School of Medicine's Department of Art as Applied to Medicine has been teaching and practicing medical illustration since 1911. This illustration, by Assistant Professor Jennifer E. Fairman, was for recent research by Johns Hopkins biophysicist Jie Xiao, published in PLOS Genetics. It shows part of an E. coli bacterium, specifically the structure of what is known as the FtsZ-ring and its associated proteins, which support and regulate cell division.