He is Drew Berry…

Drew Berry is a biomedical animator who creates beautiful, accurate visualizations of the dramatic cellular and molecular action that is going on inside our bodies. Beginning his career as a cell biologist, his raw materials are technical reports, research data and models from scientific journals.

As an artist he works as a translator, from abstract and complicated scientific concepts into vivid and meaningful visual journeys. Since 1995 he has been a biomedical animator at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Australia.

His animations have exhibited at venues such as the Guggenheim Museum, Museum of Modern Art, the Royal Institute of Great Britain and the University of Geneva. In 2010 he received a MacArthur Fellowship “Genius Grant”.

Recognition and awards

  • Honorary Doctorate of Technology, Linköping University Sweden, 2016
  • MacArthur Fellowship, 2010
  • New York Times “If there is a Steven Spielberg of molecular animation, it is probably Drew Berry.” 2010
  • The New Yorker “[Drew Berry’s] animations are astonishingly beautiful”, December 2008
  • American Scientist “The admirers of Drew Berry, at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Australia, talk about him the way Cellini talked about Michelangelo.”, September 2009
  • Nature journal’s Niche Prize, UK 2008-9
  • Emmy for DNA documentary series by Windfall Films, 2005
  • BAFTA award for DNA Interactive DVD by RGB Co, UK 2004


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