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!
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
3D & Animation
Adobe After Effects
Interactive & UI UX
Pen & ink
Oil & acrylic