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Infographic on bird intelligence and innovation; art and content collaboration with Editor Monica Serrano.

National Geographic

AMI #28

Page 146

medical animation of Extension and flexion of the knee, highlighting the position of the bones (tibia, fibula, femur and patella), and the ACL and PCL ligaments
medical illustration of Dengue virus floating in blood with red blood cells (RBCs), cellular environment
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medical illustration of Brain veins anatomy illustration, showing the cerebral vasculature in realistic color artwork
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medical illustration of Vitrectomy surgery for diabetic retinopathy, an opthalmalogical procedure in the posterior pole of the eye
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medical illustration of Gross anatomy of the pancreas, including head, neck, body and tail in color and line.  Simple educational stock illustration.
medical illustration of Involvement of Astrocytes, microglia, perivascular macrophages in HIV overproduction glutamate in cerebral cortex.
medical illustration of DNA, histone, molecule, cell, molecular, cellular, biology, helix, coil, genetics, gene, epigenetic, base, pair, bond, environment, small, micro, color, design, medicine, pharma, pharmacology, pharmapseudical, drug
medical illustration of Facial nerve, surgery, sural nerve, graft, transplant, face, neurosurgery, neurology, never, cranium, pediatric, patient, color, digital
medical illustration of A figure from a set of illustration of a Modified Radical Neck Dissection.   This transverse cut shows the critical anatomy of dissection of lymph nodes and tissue in the anterior triangle of the neck.  General surgery or Otolaryngology.
medical illustration of Infographic mapping of the electric current pathways through 3D anatomy of the heart.  EKG graphic of depolarization.
medical illustration of Facial nerve, surgery, sural nerve, graft, transplant, face, neurosurgery, neurology, never, cranium, pediatric, patient, color, digital, patient, ed, education
medical illustration of lungs, pulmonary, trachea, bronchiole, branchiole, air, airway, respiratory, thorax, breath, breathing, thoracic, parenchyma, anatomy, organ, system, tract, surgery, color, medicine, smoking, cigarette
medical illustration of Synapse of neurons with astrocyte in HIV individual.  Overproduction of glutamate causes increased binding to NMDA receptors, influx of calcium into cell, and mitochondrial issues and apoptosis.
medical illustration of cranial nerve, nerve, neurology, cranium, skull, anatomy, head, surgery, face, facial, muscle, innervation, surgery
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medical illustration of Whipple patient education illustration in line and wash
medical illustration of cleft lip, cleft, palette, face, otolaryngology, surgery, surgical, pathological, facial, lip, teeth, dental, pediatrics, baby, child, medical, head, neck, repair, fix
medical illustration of A figure from a set of illustration of a Modified Radical Neck Dissection.   This anatomical layout of the neck shows the critical anatomy after dissection has been completed.  General surgery or Otolaryngology.
medical illustration of Pen and ink line illustration of lung bronchial tree anatomy.  Show trachea, primary, secondary, and tertiary bronchi.
medical illustration of Section of an illustration on Sea Cucumber predator evasion by spilling its intestines.  Selection shoes invertebrate, predator starfish, and internal anatomy of the sea cucumber in black and white tone.
medical illustration of Forensic reconstruction model with muscle anatomy of the face and neck.  Model in wax and oil based clay with acrylic ocular prostheses for eyes.


Mesa Studios is a boutique illustration and animation studio specializing in medical, scientific, and information visualization. Our mission is to serve as a bridge between science and audience, helping translate information into clear visual communication. Principal artist Mesa Schumacher holds a science degree from Stanford, and a Masters in Biomedical Illustration from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and has over 10 years working experience in science art. Her work has been featured in National Geographic, Scientific American, Cell, Neuron, for Pharmaceuticals, Medical device companies, Academic institutions, Hospitals, Zoos, Aquariums, Museums, and for private research clients.


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