About


I’ m Dorotea, a molecular biologist
from Bari, South Italy.
I got my PhD at the University of Vienna, Austria in 2017 and since then
I draw about mine and my colleagues´ research, while still doing my own science as a Postdoctoral fellow.
I have always felt a bit artistic inside
and got a curious personality
which lets me be very creative both at the laboratory bench and at the studio desk.



I decided to combine my scientific education with my personal view of the world at a molecular level, inspired by my own imagination.
When I started drawing scientific concepts for others, this process proved to be enriching also for those who made the science, as new ideas and questions came up along the way, while we were discussing and sketching.

Reading about somebody else´s research and get to draw for them is an activity that can keep me very busy and entertained.
Get in touch if you would like to start a collaboration!


Contestant at CellPAINT by David Goodsell

Collaborations

Gregor Mendel Institute of Molecular Plant Biology (GMI)

Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST)

Max Perutz Labs Vienna

Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna

TIR – Total Internal Reflection Blog by Brooke Morriswood

What People Say

“Making use of a catchy scheme when you talk to an audience is an intended way to capture its attention. Science communication is an important task that we, as scientists, have to fulfill to make our knowledge shared. Many people have approached me after my talks to express their enthusiasm
about Dorotea’s drawings!”

Sascha Martens, Professor of MEMBRANE Biochemistry at University of Vienna (AT)

“Dorotea’s creativity and imagination combined with her outstanding critical thinking allow her to convey a scientific message in an appealing packing. Her drawings are not only stunning but also very precise in scientific details. They often lead to vivid discussions and raising of new research ideas. Because they are unconventional, they lead to unconventional thinking. She indeed knows how to depict the beauty of science!”

JUSTYNA SAWA-MAKARSKA, SENIOR POSTDOC AT MAX PERUTZ LABS, VIENNA (AT)

“Some people have talent for something, Doro has many! She is one of the best scientists I worked with and you can see how her art and creativity inspire her work. In her drawings she very precisely depicts science and makes it beautiful for everyone. It is great to see how much passion she puts in everything and the result is just impressive!”

ELEONORA TURCO, POSTDOC FELLOW
at MAX PERUTZ LABS, Vienna (AT)

“Creativity in education and science communication has the power to enchantingly outreach complicated concepts…Dorotea has the power to shoot beauty, energy, knowledge, inspiration in her artistic science illustrations…A passionate, enthusiastic, brilliant collaborator to have on board on every scientific project!”

CATERINA GARONE, PROFESSOR AT UNIVERSITY OF BOLOGNA (IT)

“Since High School she keeps explaining us science through her sketches. We love to learn complicated formulas and concepts through such easy drawings.”

MY PARENTS, THE FIRST ONES WHO TRULY INSPIRED ME FOR THIS JOB (ITALY)