2018 AMI Online Salon

Tiny Gold Nanoparticle: A comic about Nanomedicine

Project Details

  • Artist(s):  Angela Gao; Montclair, New Jersey
  • Client: Dr. C. Shad Thaxton
  • Copyright: © 2018 Angela Gao
  • Medium / software used: Clip Studio Paint, Photoshop
  • Final presentation format: Comic book, 24 pages total
  • Primary audience: Medical students

Project Description

This work shows a selection of pages from a comic book created to help medical students understand how a new research finding. It details the workings of the HDL gold nanoparticle, which selectively kills lymphoma cells by mimicking the structure of native HDL. While it’s not hard to see how this new research can have cancer treatment implications, the scientific basis of the mechanism requires a sophisticated understanding of both biochemistry and structural biology, something that not all medical students are equipped with.

By using a medium associated with high engagement and combining it with a simple and approachable visual aesthetic, this comic makes it easier and more interesting for a reader to broach the complicated biochemistry of lipoproteins. Though science comics are often created for a younger audience, this work focuses on how qualities of the comic medium itself can be harnessed to effectively reach a highly educated audience.