Mitochondria Poster© Journal Articles by Dr. David Goodsell


Scientist, author and artist Dr. David S. Goodsell recently published From Atoms to Cells: Using Mesoscale Landscapes to Construct Visual Narratives in collaboration with Margaret Franzen and Tim Herman from the Milwaukee School of Engineering Center for BioMolecular Modeling. The article explores how mesoscale illustrations integrate data from molecular and cellular biology; how methods for building and visualizing 3D mesoscale models are being developed; and how mesoscale illustrations provide important context in molecular biology education.

From Atoms to Cells PDF

When writing his book, The Machinery of Life1, scientist, author and artist Dr. David S. Goodsell wanted to create an illustration that captured the many aspects of mitochondrial structure and function. His image magnifies a portion of the mitochondrion by one million times, showing the location and form of membranes and individual macromolecules, revealing the molecular basis of its role in energy metabolism and apoptosis.

As the book was being printed, Dr. Goodsell began working with 3D Molecular Designs to make the illustrations available to science teachers for their classrooms.

In this 2010 article published by the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Dr. Goodsell describes the poster in detail, providing:

  • Information on the science and technology behind the images
  • Descriptions of the proteins and other molecular structures featured in the poster
  • References

You can use the article to lead more in-depth discussions with your students, or have your students use it as a reference when researching various structures in the poster.

Mitochondria Poster© Journal Article PDF

1. D. S. Goodsell (2009) The Machinery of Life, 2nd ed., Springer, New York