Metamicrogliosis by Amanda Dookie

Metamicrogliosis by Amanda Dookie

Intrigued by my current research, and fascinated with the biological process of phagocytosis, I was inspired to paint this representation of phagocytosis and microglia in the brain. Microglia are the resident immune cells of the brain. The large green area depicts a cell undergoing phagocytosis. As well, I wanted to demonstrate microglia in both neurotrophic (green) and neurotoxic (red) states. The pattern in the background reminiscent of the yin and the yang represents the important need for a healthy balance of microglia in the brain.

About The Artist

Amanda Dookie is a Ph.D. student in the Experimental Psychology program with specialization in Behavioural Neuroscience at the University of Ottawa. She is currently studying the interaction of diet on microglial activation in Alzheimer’s Disease. Amanda also has a Master’s of Arts degree in Communication and hopes to one day combine her expertise in both fields to pursue scientific research in creative ways. She can be followed on twitter @letitbeamandad.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *