The new Life Sciences Department can now announce the results of a photo competition held in the Faculty of Science to celebrate the launch of the new Department and showcase the world-class research being carried out in Pharmacy, Pharmacology, Biology and Biochemistry at Bath.

Members of staff within the Faculty and PhD students were invited to submit images of, or inspired by, their research work and illustrating one of the strategic research themes identified by the Department.

Well-deserved congratulations go to our outright winner, Nikolas Nikolaou PhD, a lecturer in biomedical genetics in the Life Sciences Department whose winning entry illustrates the research theme “Cells, Development and Disease”. ‘Zebrafish Vision’ is a maximum projection image of a transgenic zebrafish larva in which retinal ganglion cells and their post-synaptic target neurons in the brain are labelled with a green fluorescent protein. It fits this theme because zebrafish is one of the main model organisms used by Nikolas and colleagues to understand neuronal wiring, network function and neurodegeneration.

The Judging Panel said the ‘Zebrafish Vision’ image stood out for how effectively it illustrated the chosen research theme, and for its strength of visual creativity. The photo is now featured on the main landing page for the Life Sciences Department.

Adele Murrell, Interim Head of Life Sciences, Mark Lindsay, Director of Research & Knowledge Exchange on the Interim Department Executive, and the Faculty’s Digital Content Manager, Gabriel Gilson, judged the competition.

Key judging criteria were:

  • How well the image illustrates the selected research theme
  • How well they reflect the impact of research at Bath and
  • Strength of storytelling or visual creativity in the image.

Adele Murrell, Interim Head of Life Sciences said: “On behalf of everyone in the Life Sciences Department I would like to say a huge thank you to all those who took time to enter our competition celebrating the launch of our new Department. The quality of the entries was amazing and choosing the winning submission was very difficult. I would also like to thank colleagues in the Faculty of Science Marketing team for their help in organising the competition and in developing the new web pages for the Life Sciences Department, which are looking great.”

If you haven’t already had the chance to do so, please take a moment to visit the Life Sciences Department web pages, which are now live.

Members of staff and PhD students in the Faculty of Science and the Life Sciences Department are encouraged to continue to submit images to that illustrate the various research themes in order to refresh the web pages regularly.