An artist’s impression of the cellular microcosmos. Dive into a galaxy of liquid stars and protein nebulas.
Protein phase separation constitutes a key process by which life has evolved on Earth. From the origins of Life to cellular subcompartmentalization, phase separation of biomolecules has recently been proven essential to our understanding of these processes. In this series I present an "artist's impression" of phase separation. By using only reagents and chemicals found in the lab, supplemented with proteins from egg white and milk powder, I try to recreate the phenomenal complexity and beauty of this process. We see the formation of liquid droplets, which fuse and mix together creating complex and unanticipated hues and tones. Protein aggregation, notoriously implicated in human disease, is now repurposed to create fantastic nebulas and clouds of precipitated biological matter. Just like our cells, these artworks are dynamic and ever evolving.