An illustration of Joanne Michael, a freelance designer from Leeds, UK

Hello and welcome to my website! 

 

My name is Joanne and I work as a freelance Scientific Illustrator and Artist based in Leeds,UK.

 

I have an extensive background in laboratory based scientific research, having worked in both industrial and academic environments. 

 

With a passion for research and scientific communication, the opportunity to combine these with my love of design has always been my ultimate ambition! I started Happyasabean Illustration in 2019 and have found, much like in the lab, there is always more to learn and new ideas to follow in the design world.

 

Please see my professional portfolio for further information about the projects that I have worked on.

ABOUT ME

MY CV

PROFICIENT IN ADOBE SUITE AND MICROSOFT OFFICE

A list of icons representing my proficiency with the Adobe Suite and Microsoft Office

DISTINCTION LEVEL

MSc Molecular

Pathology and Genomics

Queen Mary University

LONDON

FIRST CLASS

BSc Biomedical Science

(Hons)

Oxford Brookes University

OXFORD

A-Levels

in Biology, Chemistry, Physics

Framwellgate Sixth Form

DURHAM

SCIENTIFIC ILLUSTRATION EXPERIENCE

Anatomical Illustrations | My Informed Birth |Leeds, UK

I produced anatomical antenatal illustrations and biologically themed affirmations for use in hypnobirthing educational sessions. 

Bespoke Illustration | Evox Therapeutics |Oxford, UK

I illustrated a cellular pathway illustration for use in company communications. This depicted the response of a CAR-T cell engaging with a target cell and the consequential production and release of engineered exosomes.

Cover Page Illustration | Roche | Copenhagen, Denmark

I produced a bespoke illustration for the cover of the Nucleic Acid Therapeutics journal based on a recent publication by a team at Roche.

Illustration update | Evox Therapeutics | Oxford, UK

I updated illustrations used in slide decks and company communications. These demonstrated the potential structures of patented therapeutic exosomes as 3D models which complimented the companies branding.

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

Central Saint Martins | University of Arts, LONDON

Short course, User Experience Design

University of California | via Coursera

Short course, Interaction Design

Leeds College of Music 

Short course, Digital Illustration

LABORATORY EXPERIENCE

Postgraduate Research | University of Leeds | 2015-2018

I researched the use of Oncolytic Viruses as a therapeutic approach in Acute Myeloid Leukaemia.

Research Technician | University of Leeds | 2014-2015

I researched the potential role of the proteasomal protein PSMD9 in ‘The Big Five’ cancers.

Laboratory Manager | Chronos Therapeutics | 2014

I acted as the senior member of a commercial research laboratory based in Oxford.

Research Technician | Chronos Therapeutics | 2012-2014

I helped to develop and implement a novel microscopy technique for the research of anti-ageing compounds.

PUBLICATIONS

Plasmacytoid dendritic cells orchestrate innate and adaptive anti-tumor immunity induced by oncolytic coxsackievirus A21 | 2019

Müller, L.M.E., Holmes, M., Michael, J.L. et al. . j. immunotherapy cancer 7, 164 doi:10.1186/s40425-019-0632-y

The role of PSMD9 in human disease: future clinical and therapeutic implications| 2015

Hopper, Joanne & Begum, Natasha & Smith, Laura & Hughes, Thomas. AIMS Molecular Science. 2. 476-484. 10.3934/molsci.2015.4.476. 

AWARDS AND ACHIEVEMENTS

American Association of Cancer Research (AACR)

Travel Grant

2017

University of Leeds

110 Anniversary Research Scholarship

2015

Society of Biomedical Science

President's Prize

2012

Society of General Microbiology

Academic Award

2011

Edge into Space

Competition Winner

2006

Scientists in Residence

Environmental Science Project

2005

National Academy of Gifted and Talented Youths

Member

2004