2022 AMI Online Salon

Organs-on-a-Chip

Project Details

  • Entrant Name:  Jessica Feng
  • Client: Faculty Advisor: Stuart Jantzen
  • Copyright: Jessica Feng, 2022
  • Medium/software used: Autodesk Maya, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator
  • Final presentation format: Print, journal cover
  • Primary Audience: Educated general public

Project Description

Organs-on-chips (OoCs) are bioengineered, microfluidic devices containing human cells that mimic organ structures, functions, and reactions to biological conditions, stressors, and compounds. Scientists are currently exploring the feasibility of an integrated OoC system capable of fully replicating complex in vivo tissue interactions and organ functions in vitro. Their potential to mimic in vivo cellular environments could drastically alter the way we study disease modelling and drug development. This editorial journal cover employs a 3D medium to depict integrated OoCs through visual metaphor. The illustration is targeted towards an educated general audience with an intention to draw interest to a featured research article on integrated OoCs. The cover foreground is composed of holographic organs being projected from interconnected microfluidic chip wells. The background depicts a circuit board with lights representing energy being transmitted through its wiring. Together, these visual elements represent the complexity of integrated OoCs as multi-organ tissue systems and as a promising technological advancement in the biomedical field.