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Image by Roman Bürki

My name is Anncharlott Berglar and I am a freelance scientific illustrator from Cologne, Germany. I hold a PhD in Life Science and a MA in Scientific Visualisation.


During my PhD thesis at the Institut Pasteur in Paris, France, I focussed on the characterisation and sub-cellular localisation of a protein in the human infecting malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum. It was a collaborative and interdisciplinary project at the interface of biochemistry, structural biology, molecular biology, and parasitology. I quite enjoyed the diversity of scientific methods and creative human beings I was blessed to encounter.


Since 2016 I work as a freelance scientific illustrator and in order to refine my skills, I pursued a MA degree in Scientific Visualisation at the Zurich University of the Arts, which gave me an invaluable amount of knowledge and expanded my network of admirable humans as well.


With SciVisLab I aim at supporting scientific research by not only providing publication-ready illustrations and graphics. It is important for me to actively contribute to research. I do that by combining the scientific method with the design thinking method, both of which require very different thinking approaches and types of experimentation. When stuck with certain scientific questions, it is sometimes a good idea to shift perspectives and to try and look at the big picture, literally. Then suddenly we develop new ideas and start to see solutions. 

Are you interested? I am looking forward to chatting with you in German, English, or French.


Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales (MNCN-CSIC), Madrid, Spain (10-11/2022)

"Tardigrade laying eggs" art work as one of the winners of the Illustraciencia 9 Awards

"Extremophilic microorganisms - Fascination for the invisible", Observatorio de Azores de las Calderas das Furnas, Portugal (01/2022) 

"Honeycomb structures in biofilms" and "Water pores and long structures in biofilms"


Virtual exhibition at the Vienna Design Week (09/2020):

The YogaBase Project

Virtual Master diploma exhibition Knowledge Visualisation, Zurich University of the Arts, Switzerland (06/2020 - now):

The YogaBase Project

Exhibition page

Scientific publications

Berglar, Vembar and Gopaul (2021) Localization of the putative recombinase Pf-int to the apicoplast of Plasmodium falciparum. doi:

Berglar and Vembar (2019) Past, Present and Future of Malaria Prevalence and Eradication in the Light of Climate Change. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-409548-9.11416-2

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