The Illustrated Lab
Scientific Illustration by Jennifer Colquhoun

Pancreas and Pancreatic Histology

A series of figures created for a book chapter entitled ‘Cell-cell interactions driving differentiation of adult pancreatic stem cells’.

A 3D Pancreas and it's composition

The Client: Dr Fiona Docherty at the Barbara Davis Centre for Diabetes (BDC)

The Brief

Produce two figures: a detailed diagram of an adult human pancreas, noting blood supply and innervation; plus an explanation of the different tissues (endocrine, exocrine and duct) and a close up on an Islet of Langerhans showing the composition of alpha, beta, delta and pp cells with significant blood supply.

The Outcome

The client was keen for the figures to be rendered in my signature traditional style, so I created the three illustrations with this in mind. We wanted the figures to have a 3D feel too, giving the viewer an idea of how the cells would look in the human body, as opposed to the traditional, flat view through a microscope.