The image shows a brain cell known as astrocyte (shown in blue) on a newly-created synthetic material (shown in green and orange).
The large orange structures resemble those in an injured spinal cord. These stimulate changes in the blue brain cells’ structure and function. Materials like this could help the body repair itself after trauma to the central nervous system.
Ronit Freeman & Mark McClendon
Tools & Techniques: Scanning Electron Microscope, colored in Photoshop.