Dr. Goodsell creates cellular landscapes that accurately illustrate the size, shape, and distribution of proteins in their natural environment of the cell. These unique watercolor images connect the molecular world, inferred by X-ray crystallography and NMR spectroscopy, with the cellular world, observed by light and electron microscopy.

This E. coli Poster shows the inside of an E. coli cell – magnified 1 million times.  The molecular complexity of this bacterial cell is emphasized in this image. It features a large flagellum and the motor proteins that power its rotation, and a variety of transmembrane proteins that function in transporting molecules into and out of the cell. The ribosomes and associated proteins that support bacterial protein synthesis and polymerases that function in replication and transcription, are also shown.