Hi, I'm Jerry.

I am a biomedical communicator specializing in medical / scientific illustration and design. I am also interested in narrative storytelling, educational design, and 3D visualization.

As someone with roots in basic research, I understand the importance of bridging knowledge and ideas between diverse audiences. As such, I strive to create clear and compelling visual solutions for topics spanning healthcare, research, and education.

To highlight the importance of background research and ideation in my workflow, I included detailed accounts of my thought process behind each project in this portfolio.

For professional inquiries, connect with me on LinkedIn. Thanks!

Curriculum Vitae



Teaching assistant, Biocommunication Visualization (HSC302), Department of Biology, University of Toronto Mississauga

Promoted active student interaction and feedback in lab sessions; designed and held tutorials on special topics tailored to student interest; assisted course coordinator with invigilation and grading.

2017 - 2018

Design editor, IMS Magazine, Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto

Designed and created magazine cover illustration (2017 Fall issue); created custom article layouts and designs.


Visiting research fellow, Audiovisual Program Development Branch, LHNCBC, NLM, National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Established additional workflows for the NLM3D project; contributed to the curation of 3D anatomical assets derived from the Visible Human datasets; disseminated the NLM3D project to various audiences internal and external to NIH.

2013 - 2016

Graduate researcher, Lab of Dr. Cordula Enenkel, Department of Biochemistry, University of Toronto

Visualized and isolated a novel intracellular structure in S. cerevisiae through a wide variety of biochemistry techniques.

2012 - 2013

Undergraduate research assistant, Lab of Dr. Jason Young, Department of Biochemistry, McGill University

Elucidated the functional behaviour of a molecular chaperone DNAJB6b in mammalian tissue culture through assaying.

2012 - 2013

Co-president, McGill Students' Visual Arts Society (formerly McGill Sketching Club), McGill University

Promoted club outreach and diversification; coordinated major events; co-chaired in club meetings.


2016 - present

Master of Science in Biomedical Communication (MScBMC), Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto

2013 - 2016

Master of Science in Biochemistry (MSc), Department of Biochemistry, University of Toronto

2009 - 2013

Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry with Distinction (BSc), Department of Biochemistry, McGill University

Events & Achievements


Advancing Teaching and Learning in Arts & Science (ATLAS) grant, University of Toronto.

Awarded as funding towards design and development of BIOMINT: Enzyme Kinetics Tutorial, Master's Research Project.


Event speaker, UNCON 2017, Biomedical Communications Alumni Association (BMCAA), Toronto ON.

A presentation on research experience in defining tissue colour & surface characteristics for the NLM3D anatomy collection (Nov. 18, 2017).


Award of Merit (Student Instructional Surgical category), 72nd Annual AMI Meeting, Austin, TX.

Awarded to Resection of Parasagittal Meningioma with Preservation of Venous Lake. LINK


Exhibitor, Summer Poster Day, National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, MD.

A poster exhibit showcasing ongoing work by research interns at NIH (Aug. 10, 2017).


Distinction for BSc academic achievement, McGill University


Bionano CTPB undergraduate research award, McGill University

Funding award for research studying the role of molecular chaperones in neurodegenerative diseases.


Gu, Z.C., Wu, E., Sailer, C., Jando, J., Styles, E., Eisenkolb, I., Kuschel, M., Bitschar, K., Wang, X., Huang, L., Vissa, A., Yip, C.M., Yedidi, R.S., Friesen, H., and C. Enenkel. "Ubiquitin Orchestrates Proteasome Dynamics between Proliferation and Quiescence in Yeast." Molecular Biology of the Cell 28, no. 19 (2017): 2479-491. LINK

Gu, Z.C., and C. Enenkel. "Proteasome Assembly." Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences 71, no. 24 (2014): 4729-745. LINK


Illustration & Design

Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Illustrator

Adobe InDesign

3D & Animation

MAXON Cinema4D

Pixologic ZBrush

Adobe After Effects

UCSF Chimera


Interactive & UI UX

Adobe Captivate

Adobe XD

Javascript language


Traditional Media


Pen & ink


Oil & acrylic