Archive of Author | Dana Simmons

Dana Simmons is a neuroscientist, science-artist, and medical writer in Chicago. She holds a Ph.D. in neurobiology from the University of Chicago, where she researched the cerebellum and autism. While at the university, Dana transformed Purkinje neurons into art by testing the limits of confocal microscopy and adding an artistic touch.  She is endlessly fascinated by the beauty in the brain and the patterns that are ever-present throughout microscopic and macroscopic nature.  Dana is an internationally recognized, award-winning science-artist, and received the Passion in Science: Arts & Creativity award from the New England Biolabs in 2016.  She has exhibited her artwork in Chicago, New York, Vancouver, and the Netherlands; has been featured in the Cell Picture Show Calendar; and was part of the inaugural group of Bridge Residents for the SciArt Center. Dana volunteers as Co-Editor-in-Chief of Science Unsealed, the Illinois Science Council’s blog, which aims to inspire curiosity and start conversations about science. In her free time, Dana enjoys baking pumpkin gingersnap cookies and watching her cat chase a laser pointer dot.

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Articles with Dana Simmons


The Purkinje Pattern

Dana Simmons is a neuroscientist, science-artist, and medical writer in Chicago. While at the university, Dana transformed Purkinje neurons into art by testing the limits of confocal microscopy and adding an artistic touch. She is endlessly fascinated by the beauty in the brain and the patterns that are ever-present throughout microscopic and macroscopic nature. In 2016 she received the Passion in Science: Arts & Creativity award from the New England Biolabs.