Illustrating your ideas: For scientists, by scientists

©2019 by Designs that Cell.


We are a team of passionate scient-art-ists,


experienced in design, problem solving and communicating!

Sarah Nersesian, MSc, MD Student

Founder & Scientific Illustrator


Halifax, NS

 I am a MSc graduate from Queen's University and am currently pursuing my MD at Dalhousie University. Research has been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember. Along with my passion for research, I have always had a love of art and design. I enjoy being able to communicate research and science in an attention-grabbing, visually appealing way. With over 5 years of experience in health sciences research and over 7 years of experience in art and design, I can ensure your illustrations will be both scientifically accurate and visually appealing.

Natasha Vitkin, MSc, MPH Student

Communications Director & Scientific Illustrator


Vancouver, BC

As a Master of Public Health candidate at Simon Fraser University, I understand the importance of communicating science in a fun and visually appealing way to different audiences. I completed my MSc in the Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences at Queen's University studying prostate cancer immunology, and have also worked at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre as a clinical trial assistant and research student. In addition to my interest in cancer research, I am passionate about sharing scientific ideas with others, both in the scientific community and with the public. I believe that cutting-edge scientific research should be shared with all for its full impact, and I'm excited to help you do so!

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Naomi Robson, MSc

Scientific Illustrator


Guelph, ON

Bringing science and art together is my passion. Visuals are a powerful tool for communicating scientific ideas and I believe that the most innovative and visually appealing graphics can be created through collaboration with clients. I have earned a Bachelors in Biomedical Sciences, and a Masters'  in Human Anatomy at the University of Guelph. I love making scientific illustrations, and have been creating creative and accurate illustrations for numerous research projects, from papers to international presentations. I look forward to working with you to develop your illustration!

Dr. Mina Ghahremani, PhD

Scientific Illustrator


Ottawa, ON

After finishing up my PhD at Queen’s University, I moved to Ottawa to investigate the beneficial symbioses between plants and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi. During my research, I have always loved to present my work to an audience using scientific illustrations. I believe that graphics are the most powerful tool to convey information, and it’s important that they are accurate and properly illustrate the science behind them without making it too complicated. Overall, science is just more fun when it’s combined with art - sometimes it’s easier to look at a figure than to read multiple pages of explanation. I’ve been using the power of illustration to create scientific figures for presentations, applications, and publications, and am so excited to work with the Designs that Cell team!

Jordan Lukacs  MSC Student

Scientific Illustrator-in-Training


Halifax, NS

I am currently pursuing my Master’s degree in Microbiology and Immunology at Dalhousie University. As a child I would often lose myself in the pages of my biology textbook, examining the illustrations of human cells, bacteria and viruses, imagining what the molecular world might look like. Today as a graphic designer, I am devoted to capturing the natural beauty of science into a scientifically accurate illustration. I strongly believe that the collision of art and science is the key to engaging audiences. I can’t wait to help you design your next scientific illustration!