Electric Bacteria

This editorial image, designed as a mock magazine cover, was created for UC Berkeley's Portnoy Lab on their Nature article describing extracellular electron transfer in Listeria monocytogenes. 


General public


Dr. Sam Light, Portnoy Lab, UC Berkeley


Print (magazine)

8.5" x 11"


September 2018

Tools Used


Cinema 4D

Arnold 5 Renderer

Adobe Photoshop

Progress Work

Thumbnail sketches

Multiple thumbnails were presented to the client.

Layout and render

The final layout was designed. Bacteria models were created in ZBrush, rendered using Cinema 4D and Arnold Renderer, and composited in Photoshop.

Final deliverables

Three different versions of the final images were sent to the client for flexibility of use.

References: Light, S. H., Su, L., Rivera-Lugo, R., Cornejo, J. A., Louie, A., Iavarone, A. T., … Portnoy, D. A. (2018). A flavin-based extracellular electron transfer mechanism in diverse Gram-positive bacteria. Nature, 562(7725), 140–144. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-018-0498-z


AMY CAO 2019