Anatomy and Art

a blog by Sara Egner

Hello and Welcome

with 30 comments

Hello and welcome to the Anatomy and Art Blog!  As the name would suggest, this is a place that delves into matters both anatomical and artistic, but particularly the line where those two worlds meet.  As a student of biomedical visualization, I find myself explaining to a lot of people just what does science have to do with art and vice versa.  At the same time, I find people who really study one field or the other inevitably find themselves coming back to the other side.  Whether it is the scientist who marvels at the beauty and grace of the human form, or struggles with how to aptly present the elegance of something just discovered, or the artist who has studied color and form and technique, but always finds themselves drawn back to that inevitable most interesting subject, us.   So please join me, in taking a look at this line between supposedly opposite worlds.

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April 21st, 2008 at 5:05 pm

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  1. Hi! I am interested in applying for the biomedical visualization program at UIC. Would you be willing to let me ask you some questions?! Your blog is awesome. Let me know. Thanks!


    26 Jun 10 at 12:26 pm

  2. Sure. Feel free to ask questions here, or send me a note directly at segner2 (at) uic (dot) edu


    27 Jun 10 at 5:04 pm

  3. Welcome to the field of Anaplastology, Sara !
    As you may have observed by now, that this is yet a field which offers tremendous potential for innovation and invention.
    This is how I felt 40 years ago, when we were experimenting with a variety of Medical Silicone polymers, including the tin cure types. As a young sculptor straight out from uni, I was fascinated by the possibilities. Now so many years later, am yet fascinated and excited. That’s because we have not yet arrived.
    So go for it and develop a passion for your work. With peers like Rosie and Suzanne you are in good company.

    Daril Atkins

    Daril Atkins

    22 Jul 10 at 3:24 am

  4. Thanks Daril! Nice of you to drop in 🙂 Am I correct in assuming that you are the Daril Atkins who started the Anaplastology group within the Open Prosthetics Project? If you get a chance, I’d love to hear a little about your experiences with the project.


    23 Jul 10 at 10:10 pm

  5. Hello Sara,
    You are correct. I started that group in the Open Prosthetics Project. The fact is that in the project the interest in Anaplastology is minimal. However if anyone asks about our field, am glad to answer. Years ago when the Project began I did write to them to say that I would be most obliged if the project could involve suggestions for indigenous culturally appropriate facial prostheses for the third world. But as you may have noticed their focus is on functional limb prostheses. I met the founder of the project at Dukes. He is a veteran of the Iraq war and an amputee. All in all I must say he has chosen the right direction.
    On another note, you may have heard about my other group on Google. If you want to become a member, do write to me. Best wishes. daril


    14 Aug 10 at 8:00 am

  6. Hi, Your mom was here today and got her hair and told me where to find this. It’s great. I really enjoyed learning what you’re up to

    diana lester

    24 Sep 10 at 3:23 pm

  7. Oh wow, hi Diana!


    24 Sep 10 at 3:48 pm

  8. Hi Sara!

    Your grandmother sent me the link to your blog. Needless to say, she and the rest of the family are incredibly proud of you and your accomplishments.

    Way to go cuz!


    28 Sep 10 at 4:32 pm

  9. Thanks Bob!


    29 Sep 10 at 6:33 pm

  10. Sara – finally someone else combines the love of art with the love of anatomical study. During my two science degree studies at the University of Toronto I took 6 Anatomy and Advanced Anatomy courses. Could not get eough. Great Blog and I will sign up as reading your Blog will be a pleasure. Keep up the great work and writing Sara
    JE Sleeth Hon.B.P.&.H.E., B.Sc.P.T.
    Optimal Performance Consultants

    Jane Sleeth

    11 Apr 11 at 1:24 pm

  11. Hi Sara! I am currently a senior in high school very interested in the field of anaplastology. I am wondering what you did in order to prepare yourself for the anaplastology program at UIC (i.e. what classes did you take after high school, what you majored in as an undergraduate, and how you applied)… Also, I am wondering how many people they accept into the UIC program per year. If you could answer these questions, I would be so very, very grateful! Plus, I adore your blog! It gives me hope. 🙂


    10 May 11 at 8:49 pm

  12. Hello Jessica. I envy your knowing where you want to go as early as high school. Personally, I was years out of school, having majored in radio-television-film, when I first even heard the word anaplastology. For me, there was a big rush to try and get a good anatomy/physiology class in before starting UIC’s program. But if I had known in my earlier scholastic years that I wanted to do this, I would have taken more anatomy, physiology, and biology courses. Formal art courses will help you out as well, especially if the anaplastology students still take the illustration classes by the time you get there. Besides you’ll have to submit a portfolio when you apply to the program. And knowing color is a big deal in anaplastology. Good luck, and thanks for reading!


    11 May 11 at 2:01 pm

  13. Hi, congratulations for the´s fantastic.

    I´m Portuguese, i´m licensing in Biomechanics, and i am very interesting in that area. You know some course or formation in that area? Where? Any information you could give me will go help a lot. Thank you

    Best regards, Nuno


    2 Jun 11 at 3:02 pm

  14. I’m not sure how to help you Nuno, but best of luck, and thanks for reading.


    2 Jun 11 at 5:16 pm

  15. Hi Sara
    I found you by searching for a training program in anaplastology which I dabbled in while working for a maxillofacial prosthodontist in Richmond. It was by far the most rewarding part of my career. I was hoping to could direct me to a training program. I am in NC and have a child so traveling is not possible. I had the opportunity to talk to several MFP’s here in town who refer their work out. I am an artist and trained lab tech but the maxillofacial work that I did was self taught. I would love to learn more and help patients here in Charlotte. Hope to hear from you soon.


    21 Aug 11 at 4:40 pm

  16. Hi Jennifer. I’m afraid that I don’t know of any training programs in North Carolina, and it’s not exactly the kind of thing that you can learn online. I imagine that your best bet would be to find out where those local MFPs are sending their work out to, and inquire about an apprenticeship opportunity with them. I will warn you that it’s a tight industry though. Even having just finished a training program myself, I am still finding it difficult to find placement as an anaplastologist anywhere. It certainly is rewarding work though, and work that needs doing, so best of luck to us both I say.


    21 Aug 11 at 4:52 pm

  17. Hi Sara,

    I love your “Molecules Molecules Molecules!” page. I think it’s great how people are discovering the beauty of DNA, RNA, and protein through your site. I would like to shamelessly promote my macromolecular modeling software, MMB. It enables you to turn molecular knowledge into illuminating motion. The link above shows some movies I’ve made of various molecules. Hope your readers find it cool and interesting!


    Samuel Flores

    7 May 12 at 6:48 pm

  18. Hi can you take a look at my Anatomy Art?;
    Let me know what you think and keep checking back because I will be making a new piece every week till I run out of parts. Thank You for your time.


    6 Aug 12 at 7:49 pm

  19. Oh fun!


    6 Aug 12 at 9:51 pm

  20. i love you ruk


    25 Aug 12 at 1:41 am

  21. Hi, Sara.
    I came across your YouTube video/animation of the sliding filament model. I work at the Museum of Science in Boston and put together stage presentations about current science research. With your permission, I’d like to use a 3-4 second clip of your animation (showing actin/myosin sliding past one another). I’d of course credit your work – on the slide and in the credits at the end. Is that alright with you? Please contact me discuss.
    kthate (at)


    29 Sep 12 at 3:48 pm

  22. That sounds fun. I just wrote you, and I look forward to getting the details sorted out with you.


    30 Sep 12 at 2:02 pm

  23. Hi I was wondering if I could use your sliding filament theory video in my school IT project?



    11 Feb 13 at 4:20 am

  24. Sara, We are looking for an “anaplastaologist” who can mold a cosmetic right side shoulder cap that can be worn with a stabilizing strap to the sound side.

    Peter Ferris, CPO
    Certified Prosthetist Orthotist

    Or Jeannie Rutten
    Rehab Engineering, Tallahasee

    Peter Ferris

    23 Jul 13 at 11:34 am

  25. I don’t know of anyone directly in Tallahassee, but there is a woman who I studied under in Dallas who I know has ties back to Florida. I can speak first hand to Allison Vest’s capability. I also know that Amanda Behr is currently located out in Georgia. While I haven’t worked with her directly in a clinic, I have taken a workshop with her and met her on various occasions and she’s fantastic. I think she could probably help you out. I actually just saw her last week at the Medical Illustrators conference. I’ll see if I can’t connect you with one or both of them this week.


    23 Jul 13 at 2:18 pm

  26. Sarah, do you know if getting a masters is a must have for this field? I have researched many anaplastologist and most have a MS or have gone through the biomedical visualization program at UIC. I have a BS in Biology and I am looking into becoming a certified dental laboratory technician and then completing an apprenticeship. I live in Texas, which doesn’t offer any type of MS in medical illustration or anything specializing in anaplastology. Just trying to find the right path! Thanks, Kimi

    Kimi Thomas

    20 Sep 13 at 6:25 pm

  27. It’s not so much that you have to have that box checked to proceed as it is that opportunities in the field of anaplastology are rare, and there are people with such degrees and training vying for those positions. I actually did my internship work in anaplastology in Dallas, but I can’t imagine getting that opportunity without having been trained in a masters program first. If you are going the dental route anyways, you may consider looking into prosthodontics, which will also teach you about mold making and impression taking. And if you happen to go through Baylor, there is an anaplastologist working there in the college of dentistry. It’s a really tough business to get into though. So, a lot of your individual path is going to be based on what it is that you like the most about it.


    28 Sep 13 at 9:18 am

  28. Hello, I had a question about your video on the Sliding Filament Theory! We are trying to watch it in our Anatomy class, and my professor is having lots of trouble finding it. Is there any way you could help? Thank you!!

    Jack Hunley

    10 Oct 13 at 10:14 am

  29. Hi Jack. Most people access it through YouTube at, but if your professor is blocked from using YouTube (some universities do that) it is also available on Vimeo

    Also, don’t let my narration mess you up. The A in ATP and ADP stands for adenosine. I wasn’t saying it quite right when I recorded it. But I was close enough that nobody noticed for a long time! That may or may not be relevant to your studies.


    10 Oct 13 at 12:24 pm

  30. Hi. I wrote this blog about the heart and changing it and thought you may like too read it and feature it on your site. I come from a medical background but love art. Thanks Ann


    30 May 15 at 12:46 pm

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