I am fascinated with how we see the world of microscopic living things. My approach to exploring this world is multifold: through lab-based research, the history and philosophy of science, and visual art. My main interests lie in cell and developmental biology, both in their rich history and modern-day form, and visualization and image-making technologies, such as microscopy, 3D printing, virtual reality, photography, printmaking, and drawing. 

I strongly believe that emphasizing an interdisciplinary approach to scientific inquiry, such as one that recognizes creative practices and visual thinking as critical components, greatly enriches research and engages a much larger audience.

My thesis project was featured in an article and accompanying video published in STAT and Scientific American. The project was also featured in this RI NSF EPSCoR article.

Also check out my post on the Node about drawing and embryology.

To get in touch: beatrice.lola.steinert@gmail.com


  • Brown University, BA in Biology (Honors) & Science and Society, 2016
  • Rhode Island School of Design, Printmaking, partial fulfillment of BA

Research Experience

  • Brown University Molecular Biology, Cell Biology & Biochemistry Dept., Wharton Lab, Research Assistant, 2016-present
  • Brown University Molecular Biology, Cell Biology & Biochemistry Dept., Wharton Lab, Independent Research for Honors Thesis, 2015-2016
  • Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), MBLWHOI Library, Catherine N. Norton Fellowship (2016), Royce Fellowship (2015)
  • Brown University Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Dept., Swartz Lab, Histology Research Assistant, 2015
  • Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Nature Lab, National Science Foundation RI EPSCoR Fellowship, 2014
  • New York Stem Cell Foundation, Scientific Programs Intern (2013), Research Intern (2012 & 2011)

Published Work

  • “Visualizing the Cell: Pictorial Styles and their Epistemic Goals in General Cytology with Kate MacCord. In Visions of Cell Biology: Reflections Inspired by Cowdry's General Cytology, edited by Karl Matlin, Jane Maienschein, and Manfred Laubichler. University of Chicago Press, in press.
  • "Drawing Embryos Together: Seeing 'The Embryology of Crepidula,'" forthcoming.
  • “Microscopic Discovery: A Guide for Seeing Life at Small Scale.” Synthesis: An Undergraduate Journal of the History of Science, Issue 6, 2015, pp 25-36. (Harvard University)
  • "Drawing Embryos, Seeing Development," The Node: The Community Site for and by Developmental Biologists (2016): http://thenode.biologists.com/drawing-embryos-seeing-development/discussion/
  • “Edmund Beecher Wilson” with Jane Maienschein. MBL History Project digital exhibit (2016):


Conference Presentations

  • “Drawing Embryos Together: Seeing ‘The Embryology of Crepidula,’” Joint Atlantic Seminar for the History of Biology, Philadelphia, PA, March 25th, 2017.
  • “Drawing Embryos Together: Processes of Visualizing Cell Lineage in Crepidula fornicata,” History of Science Society, San Francisco, CA, Nov. 21-24, 2015.
  •  “Let Me Tell you a Story: Curating Charisma for Successful Science Communication,” Better World by Design, Providence, RI, Sept. 20-22, 2014.

Awards, Prizes, and Fellowships

  • Catherine N. Norton Fellowship, MBLWHOI Library, Summer 2016
  • Dean Marjorie Thompson Senior Prize in Biology, Brown University, Spring 2016
  • Susan Colver Rosenberger Prize for the Best Undergraduate Thesis in the Field of Science and Technology Studies, Brown University, Spring 2016
  • Research at Brown Grant, Brown University, Fall 2015
  • Royce Fellowship Extension Grant, Brown University, Fall 2015
  • Royce Fellowship, Brown University, Summer 2015
  • Dean’s Discretionary Grant, Brown University, Spring 2015
  • Rhode Island EPSCoR Undergraduate Research Fellowship, National Science Foundation, Summer 2014