NEUROSCIENCE ART: Greg Dunn is a Neuroscience PhD student at U Penn and an artist in the style of Japanese…

NEUROSCIENCE ART: Greg Dunn is a Neuroscience PhD student at U Penn and an artist in the style of Japanese minimalist scrolls. His artwork has been commissioned by research institutes and neuroscience societies (see tag on each image).

The Brain Project: Greg Dunn explains, “The tremendous knot of cells when connected in a certain way gives rise to a strange sense of “I” that is able to ponder and learn things about its environment.” He continued, “It is an utter miracle, and is at the root of why we are conscious beings able to appreciate this world and all of its beauty. How can you not love it?!” We love it too, Greg!

• Follow his interview explaining the connection of neurons with Zen art:

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31 Responses to NEUROSCIENCE ART: Greg Dunn is a Neuroscience PhD student at U Penn and an artist in the style of Japanese…

  1. Robby Bowles says:

    3 things I love! Science, art, and Penn!

    It’s funny that I got excited when I saw this and was like, “oh is that a neuron!” The things we get excited about 🙂

  2. Rajini Rao says:

    Are you from Penn, Robby Bowles ? I thought of Ramon Y Cajal’s “artwork” of neurons..

  3. Robby Bowles says:

    Rajini Rao undergrad at Penn in BE.

  4. Ravi Teja says:

    Wow, All the Music, ever to exist, in the past, right this instant, in the future, are all a by-product of these cells.

    Neurons always make me ponder about themselves.

  5. Ravi Teja says:

    That’s one branch of Evolution, I’d be extremely interested to learn more about. When/where/How, was the first fully developed Neuron developed in ‘any’ living being.

  6. Rajini Rao says:

    Thank you for your introduction to Dōgen, Gnotic Pasta . I’m going to enjoy reading more…

  7. Rajini Rao says:

    Ravi Teja , neurons are cells specialized for communication. The earliest versions are seen in marine invertebrates like sea sponges. One can argue that even single celled protozoa display features similar to neurons. See:

  8. Ravi Teja says:

    thanks for the link..

    I am going to google literally everything I don’t understand there.

    I am mainly curious.

  9. Johan Horak says:

    Rajini Rao love your image rich posts.

  10. Rajini Rao says:

    Following your directions, Johan Horak 😉

  11. Rajini Rao says:

    You are forcing me to confess to dirty secrets, Mahesh Sreekandath . I still peek into my FB account once a day 🙂

  12. Johan Horak says:

    You have always excelled my friend. Can say I understand all…LOL. But like it? I do.

  13. Ravi Teja says:

    + Metallica Fan with the obligatory goatee…Master of Puppets

    I always screw up at the segue, or is it the interlude, my Neurons just give up..

    Frankly, I just follow their advise.

  14. Rajini Rao says:

    Ravi Teja , have you met our resident metal head Mahesh Sreekandath ?

  15. Rajini Rao says:

    Indeed yes, Mahesh Sreekandath is full of superconducting neurons, depicted in this art with gold, platinum and palladium an appropos comment (rather than a thread jack).

  16. Ravi Teja says:

    Yup, just starting to make acquaintance,

    I started off with Metallica(surprise!!) but then my Neurons told me, ‘dude, you do not eat enough to play Metal 24 hrs a day, it’s physically not possible’. But sometimes I ignore them totally.

    So I just explore the fretboard, the weirder the chords sound, the better, these are times my Neurons basically enjoy themselves, and tell themselves they are awesome.

    ( I am just inserting the word ‘Neurons’ randomly, so that the post remains at least vaguely pertinent to the topic.)

  17. Rajini Rao says:

    You learn fast, Ravi Teja 😉 Just keep inserting key neuroscience words randomly and you will be allowed to get away with anything.

  18. Ravi Teja says:

    Rajini Rao Can I ask you a question?

    Does the behavior of the Nervous system depend on the general condition of your entire body?

    What I am trying to ask is, how can I NOT screw up their performance? More specifically, does Insomnia affect the System? How can I tell If I am making them Neurons work over-time? I am not even sure If I am making sense. I guess I can find out myself, but since we are on the topic…

    Mahesh Sreekandath

    Cool stuff Bro..Internet- BroFist.

  19. Rajini Rao says:

    Ravi Teja , certainly the functioning of neurons is very dependent on your body…they rely on glucose as a source of energy (so you need to eat well), and they are very sensitive to all kinds of drugs that act on neuronal channels and receptors (caffeine, for example). I guess you need to live a good life to have your neurons functioning optimally 😉

  20. Ravi Teja says:


    got to cut down on Mountain Dew.

  21. Marta Rauch says:

    Rajini Rao awesome!

  22. Rajini Rao It really seems that we share our love for scientific images. I always was wondering, if one could make a bit more out of it. The quality of these images is in many cases superior of what many 1st class galleries are presenting. A few art projects using this images have already been done. However, there is still great potential. MIT media lab is doing some great work in this direction: Neri Oxman: On Designing Form, Video,”Architect Neri Oxman is the founder of MATERIALECOLOGY, an interdisciplinary design initiative expanding the boundaries of computational form-generation and material engineering. Named one of Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business,” Oxman investigates the material and performance of nature in an effort to define form itself.” Any ideas for a project?

  23. Miraculous stuff. Nice gallery, Rajini. You’re my dendrites’ favorite Plusser!

  24. Rajini Rao says:

    My axons got excited by your nice compliment, Laurence Hubbard 🙂

  25. Ravi Teja says:

    Seriously, you guys, this is getting weird…

  26. Rajini Rao says:

    Why, Ravi Teja ? The technical term for firing action potentials in axons is known as excitation.

  27. Powerful art post. Thank you Rajini Rao

  28. Fractals are everywhere in nature.  I have a theory that even the placement of stars within galaxies is fractal.

  29. Thank you for sharing! Beautiful!

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