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pART of Research - Calendar 2022

Research is an essential part of your life - but the fact that research also has a significant influence on our everyday routine has also been recognised by the general public over the past year. Research is challenging, diverse and creative - and this is what we would like to show in the next round of the annual 'pART of Research' calendar competition of Heine Research Academies and the Diversity Section  in the Heine Centre for Sustainable Development - Diversity, Environment, Health.

Under the motto: "Creative and Colourful" 28 images have been submitted to the competition this year. We are happy that not only the quantity of the images but also the artistic quality of the images had intensified to the years before. We thank all participants and everyone who took the time to vote in the 'pART of Research' competition!

The 12 most popular images (at least one from each of the participating faculties) will be assembled in the "pART of Research Calendar 2022". The calendar is available from Heine Research Academies and the Diversity Section from autumn.

All ever submitted images of the competion can be viewed among the pARTofResearch-All Stars .

Official award ceremony and presentation of the 2022 calendar on 10.11.2021

Here, we show the selected images that will be displayed in the 2022 "pART of Research" calendar of Heine Research Academies.
Congratulations to all winners!!

in order of submitted votes

Anchor-Away Strategy

Anay Kumar Maurya
Institute for Microbial Cell Biology, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Angomonas deanei is an endosymbiont harbouring trypanosomatid. Fig. A shows localization of mScarlet in cytoplasm and a blue DNA staining in kinetoplast (top), nucleus (center) and bacterium (below nucleus). Fig. B shows localization of mScarlet in the cytoplasmic membrane when fused to CAAX motif.

Crystal Coral

Dr. Mahsa Armaghan
Materials and Structural Research, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

I have designed the attached picture from my coral shape crystalline mateials to depicts not only the beauty of the crystalline corals underwater in the sunshine but also the importance of their existence for aquatic organisms.

The Scream of Nature!

Hadeel Khalouf
Institute of Botany, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Iron- concentrated spots around the vascular bundles in an iron- stained leaf of rice plant (Oryza sativa) appear under the microscope like screaming faces.  Is it the real scream of  nature? (sorry Edvard Munch!)

3D-PLI of the pigeon brain

Dr. Christina Herold, Prof. Dr. Markus Axer, Prof. Dr. Katrin Amunts
Cecile and Oskar Vogt Institute for Brain Research, Medical Faculty

The picture shows the fiber architecture and the fiber directions in a sagittal slice of the pigeon brain created with a highly innovative 3D-polarisation microscope.

HHU Botanical Garden

Pouneh Pouramini
Plant Biochemistry, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

HHU Botanical Garden in spring illustrated by Pouneh Pouramini by using procreate program.

Evil Eye

Dr. Nan Qin
Department of Pediatric Oncology, Hematology and Clinical Immunology, Medical Faculty

The green dot is secreted protein, which is released by aggressive tumor cells and taken up by “recipient” cells. Blue is cell nucleus and red is cytoskeleton.

Relay station for the heart

Dr. Katharina Scherschel
Institute of Neuro- and Sensory Physiology, Medical Faculty

The star-shaped stellate ganglion is part of the autonomic nervous system conveying signals from the brain to the heart. Even though it is investigated for the treatment for cardiac arrhythmias, the role of its neurons (green, PGP9.5) and glial cells (red, S100b) is not fully understood to date.

Light in the dark

Jaqueline Heimgert
Anorganic Chemistry II, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

The photo shows an old UV lamp that was used by me for research purposes. I had to take the photo virtually blind, because I had to protect my eyes from the UV rays by means of darkened goggles and taped of laboratory fume.

ROY - crystal sky

Tobias Heinen, Dr. Vera Vasylyeva-Shor
Anorganic Chemistry and Structural Chemistry, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

5-Methyl-2-[(2-nitrophenyl)amino]-3-thiophenecarbonitrile, better known as ROY can crystallize in many different shapes and colors (polymorphs). Since crystals are our world the obvious association looking at all these crystals is the starry sky.

Modeling the human gut microbiome

Dr. St. Elmo Wilken
Quantitative and Theoretical Biology, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

The human gut microbiome consists of thousands of diverse, interacting microbes. Metabolic clusters that form under different perturbations of this microbiome are shown. Warmer colours are associated with more challenging conditions. Tight clustering suggests a  similar metabolism is observed.



Nadine Gier
Chair of Business Administration, esp. Marketing, Faculty of Business Administration and Economics

Consumer neuroscience in marketing is more than colorful advertising and shiny brain images. The picture shows tea samples that participants were asked to taste during a fNIRS study on the marketing placebo effect.


Dr. Ana Krajinović
Institute for Language and Information, Faculty of Arts and Humanities

This short comic represents a funny situation that most linguists have experienced. We often read grammars of different, usually unkown, languages in normal everyday situations, while traveling or simply drinking coffee in a café. Non-linguists don't always understand this...

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