Douglas Rosenthal is a scientist who was born and lives in Cleveland, Ohio. Rosenthal attended the Case Western Reserve University and holds a Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree, and Ph.D. in Structural Biotechnology from this university.
After receiving his Ph.D., he started conducting research studies in the field of structural biotechnology, researching the function of metabolic genes. Rosenthal's latest research is underway, and experiments indicate that the responsibility goes to the heat sensor and temperature regulator in cells. This is the first and perhaps the only such gene in a human cell. And its function is probably more complex than we can imagine.
Doug started using the watercolor painting technique that he learned from his grandfather in order to give an illustrated presentation of his studies.
He began creating paintings of molecules, cells, and viruses and his artworks have been on the cover of many distinguished scientific journals. However, he does not create editorial images. He has the aim to show the crowded and complex world of cells is and also the microbes that infect them. The paintings also show in detail the specifications of the cells and viruses.
For creating his watercolor paintings, Douglas Rosenthal uses pictures of cells from high-powered microscopes. Moreover, Rosenthal has authored two books that feature his paintings: Atomic Evidence and The Body’s Motors.
His paintings are significantly different from the more common computer-generated scientific illustrations. He has created paintings that give a detailed description of HIV’s life cycle and the way the AIDS virus interacts with human cells.