About Me

Clear and beautiful communication

I am a biomedical communicator. My passion is clarifying medical and scientific information, and presenting it in a useful, engaging, and beautiful manner.


I have experience in illustration, 2D rendering, 2D animation (including vector animation), as well as experience editing and preparing sound for animation, and design.

Designing and coding an eLearning module as part of my Masters Research Project has also provided me experience in web design and front-end development, including experience using HTML5, CSS3, and Javascript for interactivity.

Portfolio (under construction)

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Desaturated regions reflect the original image published in the Pernkopf Anatomy Atlas; saturated regions are rendered in photoshop as an exercise in colour and detail.

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The following piece was completed as part of coursework in the Biomedical Communications program.

Awards: Award of Merit, Association of Medical Illustrators Annual Salon Exhibit, 2015; People's Choice Award (2nd Place), BMCAA 70th Anniversary Gala, 2015

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The following piece was based on ongoing research in the lab of Dr. James Carlyle, with the advice of PhD candidate Christina Kirkham. It depicts the surface protein Clr-b's role in the mediation of Natural Killer Cell recognition of healthy versus diseased cells.

Completed as part of coursework in the Biomedical Communications program.

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This piece was a vector exercise in photorealism, created primarily using the Gradient Mesh tool in Adobe Illustrator. The image on the left illustrates the final product, while the image on the right demonstrates the outline of meshwork created to complete the piece.

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This animation was produced as part of coursework in Biomedical Communications --my first attempt at a complete 2D animation with the goal of telling a specific story.

The goal of the assignment was to research, storyboard, script, and produce an animation using Adobe After Effects as well as the vector animation tool Adobe Animate.

All assets were produced in either Adobe Illustrator, or in Adobe Animate. Certain sound effects were produced by myself, and the narration, and background mixdown was processed in Adobe Audition.

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This pathological illustration was completed as part of coursework in the Biomedical Communications program. It depics the progression of an Aspergillus fumigatus infection from the stages of inhalation to final tissue coagulative necrosis.

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This neurology illustration was completed for Dr. Cindi Morshead as part of coursework in the Biomedical Communications program. It depics the anatomy and relationship of structures within the basal ganglia, and the stages of the "Stop"/"Go" pathway occuring within the basal ganglia.

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This illustration was completed as part of coursework in the Biomedical Communications program. It was rendered on coquille board, linework was added in Adobe Photoshop, and the image was compiled in Adobe Illustrator.

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This illustration was completed as part of coursework in the Biomedical Communications program. A specimen of a human sacrum was used for reference, and rendered using a greyscale wash.

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This medical legal illustration was completed in collaboration with Brittany Hemphill as part of coursework in the Biomedical Communications program. Visualizations were developed based on a sample medical legal case provided.

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Masters Research Project (under construction)

My Masters Research Project was produced as a collaboration between the Department of Biomedical Communications, University of Toronto, and the Department of Psychiatry at Women's College Hospital. This eLearning module will be used as a continuing professional development course by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

The goal of this eLearning module is to effectively provide information on the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of antenatal depression to general practitioners, psychiatrists, and healthcare professionals using the novel medium of graphic medicine.

Collaboratively developing scenarios and scripts for our graphic narrative cases with my content expert Dr. Renu Gupta was an inspiring and energizing experience in co-creation. Building on this script and content, I developed a process for the design of the graphic narratives. Layout was key, and determined by content. Characters were developed, and panels were sketched, reviewed, and refined in an iterative process. Final images were rendered traditionally, providing an organic feel to the narrative, and key teaching points in the form of Knowledge Translation commentaries were interactively embedded within the graphic narrative.

We conducted a design research study during development, collecting qualitative and quantitative formative feedback on content, design, graphic narratives, and interactive components within our module for iterative improvement.

Poster presented at the 2016 Donald Wasylenki Education Day.

We are preparing to submit results of our design research study to the Journal of Biocommunication for publication by the end of 2016. Our project was also presented at the annual Donald Wasylenki Education Day, held by the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto.

Funding for this module was graciously provided by Women's College Hospital, the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto, and the Royal Bank of Canada




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Get in touch!

Have any questions? Find me at diana.cm.g@gmail.