This project entails creating pictorial representations of viruses that cause human disease and increasing the awareness of these pathogens/their mechanisms of action using art. The viruses that are displayed as a part of the project include: Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), Ebola virus, Influenza, Zika virus, Hantavirus, Dengue virus, Bacteriophage that causes Cholera, Rabies virus, Hepatitis A/B/C virus, and Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). These viruses all impact humans around the world and cause substantial disease. Understanding more about these pathogens will increase awareness of the importance of vaccinations and viral research. Each of the virus images includes a QR code that links to the project’s Stem-O-Sphere website. Under Pooja Patel’s project name, it has informational pages with citations. Each informational page contains more information regarding the virus, the parts of the virus, and its implications on human health/how it causes disease. Images of the viruses are also portrayed on Stem-OSphere’s social media pages. This project was presented to many different individuals at the Spring Undergraduate Research Festival in partnership with ICRU at the University of Iowa. This project will continue throughout the summer with the venue changing to “Science Thursdays.”
Copyright © 2019 Pooja Patel
Patel, Pooja, "Showcasing Pathogenic Viruses through Art" (2019). Latham Science Communication Project. 45.