Dr. Sandy R. Westermann
I am a scientist with a strong educational background and work experience in molecular infection biology, microbiology, and cell biology. In particular, I acquired profound expertise in DNA and RNA biology in diverse model systems, including bacteria, archaea, and eukaryotes, during my PhD (finished in 2015) and postdoctoral studies. However, not only do I love science, but also art and design. Therefore, since 2016 I have been studying graphics design – initially in parallel to my postdoctoral research – and from the beginning of 2017, I am working as an independent scientific illustrator. Since then, I have had the pleasure to work with a variety of clients from all over the world on graphical support, including tailor-made illustrations for scientific publications, presentations, grant applications, websites, books, and press releases.
I am trained and competent with a wide range of design software tools, including Adobe Creative and CorelDRAW Graphics Suite. My previous work at international and intercultural institutions enables me to vividly discuss creative and scientific ideas. I strongly believe in the synergistic power of scientific illustrations and primary data, and its necessity to effectively communicate scientific ideas, concepts, and research. My scientific background and practical research experience, combined with my artistic skills and expertise with professional computer graphics tools, provide an excellent platform to discuss graphical projects on a truly scientific basis.