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Scientific Illustration by Jennifer Colquhoun
Welcome to the Illustrated Lab!
Clarify your Research

The Illustrated Lab is a creative studio run by scientific illustrator Jennifer Colquhoun. With a nod to the traditional drawing style, I’m here to help you illuminate your text, illustrate your subject or visualise your research.

The Lab boasts a versatile portfolio, and specialises in biomedical visualisation. I’m a trained medical artist with particular experience in illustrating stem cell research, and an appetite for creating artwork that studies the structure or internal workings of living organisms. Whatever your project focuses on - biomedical science, natural history, anatomy, surgery, botany, even cryptozoology - don’t hesitate to get in touch. I always welcome a challenge, so if you think my style works for your idea (scientific or otherwise) contact me to discuss how we can work together.


Not sure where to start?

The Association of Illustrators have a very handy ‘Guide to Commissioning’, if you’d like to know more about working with an illustrator. Have a read through, or use the button below to complete my online form which lets you know what I need to know, so you get more of a feel for the collaborative illustration process.

The Lab's Mission

The Illustrated Lab aims to create beautiful, engaging, accurate scientific illustrations and artworks that bring research and education to life. My visualisations are designed to heighten understanding and increase engagement in scientific texts, exhibits and media.

Through the independent and collaborative creation of illustrations and artworks, it’s my goal to deepen public and specialist knowledge and understanding of existing and revolutionary scientific principles, research and communication. And have a bit of fun while doing it.

Have a gander at some examples


Photo by    Ellie Morag

Photo by Ellie Morag

About Me

I’m Jennifer Colquhoun.

The Illustrated Lab is run by me, Jennifer Colquhoun. I’m an experienced creative with a keen interest in the sciences. I started by studying animation at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee. I returned to study an MSc in Medical Art, where I learned human anatomy, touched upon forensic facial reconstruction, surgery, medico-legal ethics and communication, and collaborated with the Anne McLaren Laboratory for Regenerative Medicine at Cambridge University to produce a short, animated film explaining induced Pluripotent Stem Cells.

Since, I have illustrated textbooks for stem cell researchers and jewellers, informational posters for budding archaeologists, illustrations to accompany BSL glossaries, figures for scientific presentations and images for journal reviews and articles.

I want to learn everything I can about my subject, or yours, so that I can illustrate it with fanatically precise detail.

Want to work together?



The illustrations are gorgeous and exactly what we needed for the submission. I was worried about being too specific when describing what we needed, but Jennifer exceeded my expectations and quickly picked up a whole new subject in a very short amount of time.
— David Lorberbaum PhD, Sussel Lab, University of Colorado

A particular challenge with the project was a desire not to use English labels, so it was important that Jenni’s images told a story in their own right, something which she achieved very well. In my opinion Jenni takes her work beyond illustration, ensuring that while the images provoke imagination, they also accurately represent the science.
— Dr Robin Morton, Science Communication Manager, MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine, University of Edinburgh