Monday 21 October 2013

The Shape of a Cell

Each term I make a research comic for the Oxford University Biochemical Society magazine called PhenotypeThe topic for this cartoon; the function of cell shape in bacteria. You might not know, but bacteria can have one of a huge variety of different shapes, but why cells have a particular shape is not a commonly asked question. To quote Kevin Young: "To be brutally honest, few people care that bacteria have different shapes. Which is a shame, because the bacteria seem to care very much.".

Check out the comic here, the whole issue will be available to download for free from here soon.

Software used:
Autodesk Sketchbook Pro: Drawing the cells.
Inkscape: Page layout.


  1. Dear Richard,
    Thank you for these beautiful illustrations that also highlight some of our work! I am truly honored. I think I will carry copies of these with me at all times and use it whenever I struggle (oh, and believe me I do struggle...) explaining people what I do!
    Erkin Kuru
    P.S. Your blog is truly amazing!

    1. Thank you so much! I am glad you will find it useful :)


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