Here are the winners of the 2015 American Society of Microbiology Agar Art Competition.
Who says scientists can't have a little fun in the lab? These microbiologists demonstrated their artistic flair by culturing bacteria and fungi in stunningly intricate designs.
First Place: Mehmet Berkmen of New England Biolabs, with artist Maria Penil.
Neurons. Photo credit: Mehmet Berkmen of New England Biolabs, with artist Maria Penil.
Second place: a collaboration between citizen scientists and artists at Genspace: New York City's Community Biolab. Fifty participants painted square petri plates with stencils of NYC's street grid.
NYC Biome MAP. Photo credit: Christine Marizzi, an educator at a community lab.
Third place: Maria Egenia Inda, from Cold Spring Harbor Labs. Maria used Saccharomyces serevisiae (yeast) that had been engineered to produce aunique color palette.
Harvest Season. Photo credit: Maria Eugenia Inda (Cold Spring Harbor Labs).
People's Choice: Mehmet Berkmen with artist Maria Penil. The team used a color palette of Serratia (red), Deinococcus (orange) and Nesterenkonia (yellow).
Cell to Cell. Photo credit: Mehmet Berkmen with artists Maria Penil.
Too see all the entries, visit the Facebook page of the American Society for Microbiology.