The second annual Mass General Research Institute Image Contest produced 46 amazing images from researchers across 15 centers and departments. The judges selected one winner from nine finalists.

The winning image, taken by Adam Viens from the Center for Regenerative Medicine, Cancer Center and Infectious Diseases Division,will be featured in a full-page ad in Proto Magazine and the finalists will be featured in an installation in the lobby display case of the research Building 149 in the Charlestown Navy Yard.

Winning Image: “Neutrophil Attack!”

Neutraphil Attack!
A mouse neutrophil has recognized and started to engulf a pathogenic fungi (Candida albicans). This specific fungal species can exist in two forms: a round yeast or an extended hyphae. A group of hyphae are depicted in this image.

Image credit: Adam Viens
Principal Investigators: David Sykes, MD, PhD, and Michael Mansour, MD, PhD
Department/Center: Center for Regenerative Medicine, Cancer Center, Infectious Diseases Division

As part of the Mansour lab, Viens is focused on understanding the innate immune system, specifically white blood cells and how they recognize and respond to fungal pathogens. The goal is to develop novel cellular diagnostics and therapies for invasive fungal infections.

See the initial Mass General Research Institute Blog post announcing the winner and the full album of all entries on Facebook. 

Image Finalists: Part 1

Nine images with the top votes through Mass General Research Institute Facebook page.

Image Finalists: Part 2