Dr. med. Hegasy
Medical Illustrator
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Dr. Guido Hegasy

“From Science
to Science Communication.”

I’m a medical microbiologist by training and a scientist who has worked at several research institutions in Germany: The Max-Planck-Institute for Infection Biology in Berlin and also the Institute for Hygiene and Environment as well as the Bernhard-Nocht-Institute for Tropical Medicine in Hamburg. My research has led to publications in international medical and scientific journals. In addition, I write explanatory articles to inform the general public about the science behind diseases.

I have been drawing digital illustrations on life science topics for more than 15 years. I began to illustrate when I was a medical student. At that time, I was looking for an illustrator to create images for my own dissertation. But I found that no illustrator understood the science well enough to capture the concepts behind the illustrations. So I began to learn the art of digital illustration myself. As the years went by, my illustration skills continuously improved, and as they did, more and more research colleagues asked me to create images for their professional work. Eventually, I decided to make scientific illustration my main occupation.

In German-speaking countries, I’m currently the only scientific medical researcher who also works as a professional illustrator.
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