2021 AMI Online Salon

Bioluminescent Mushrooms Mock Nature Cover

Project Details

  • Entrant Name:  Jennifer Gu
  • Client:Faculty Advisor: Marc Dryer
  • Copyright: Jennifer Gu, 2020
  • Medium/software used:Autodesk Maya, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator
  • Final presentation format:Print, Nature magazine cover
  • Primary Audience:Educated lay audience

Project Description

Luciferins are molecules responsible for bioluminescence. Elucidation of the previously unknown biosynthesis pathway of eukaryotic luciferin, found in Neonothopanus nambi, lends itself to a number of applications in biomedicine and bioengineering. The goal of this piece is to create a visually engaging cover that will bring attention to the research article it features. The glowing mushroom and the luciferin molecule shed light on the illustrated biosynthesis pathway, and the terrarium as a whole is a potential application of this research, which illuminates the entire scene.