Nat Prunet

BITS – Nat Prunet’s Stunning Microscopic Flowers

In ALL, BITS by Julia Krolik

Nat Prunet is a biologist at Caltech who studies the formation of flowers, and the genes and hormones that control this developmental process. Nat was first driven to biology both by his fascination for the natural world and his love for drawing. He later oriented his research towards developmental biology because of the remarkable opportunities this field offers in terms of imaging, which allow him to combine his passions for science and art.

This fluorescent flowers series shows confocal microphotographs of live Arabidopsis thaliana (or thalecress, a model species for plant studies) flowers that express fluorescent proteins under the control of the DNA regulatory sequences of plant genes controlling flower formation. Some of these images received awards in the Nikon Small World and FASEB BioArt competitions.

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Julia Krolik

Julia helps SciArt through Art the Science, wrangles data and makes SciArt through Pixels and Plans. She speaks passionately about the importance of visual communication in information sharing. She lives by this quote: "They are ill discoverers that think there is no land, when they can see nothing but sea." - Francis Bacon | Twitter: @yuliakrolik