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Imran Alsous GS4 wins Art and Biology Award

Jasmin Imran Alsous, a 4th year CBE graduate student in the Shvartsman group, won the Art and Biology Award at the Conference on Vizualizing of Biological Data at Heidelberg. Jasmin works on the germline development in Drosophila, using a combination of genetic, imaging, and computational techniques. Her winning entry shows a sequence of images that starts with an confocal microscopy image of an egg chamber, a 16-cell precursor of the mature egg, reconstructs the three-dimensional arrangement of these cells in space, and represents the reconstruction in the form of a planar graph. Jasmin compares these different ways to represent the real system to the progression of Picasso's bull drawings, in which a realistic picture transforms into a famous stick figure abstraction.