Matteo Farinella received a PhD in neuroscience from University College London in 2013. Since then he has been combining his scientific expertise with a life-long passion for drawing, producing educational comics, illustrations and animations. He is the author of Neurocomic (Nobrow 2013) published with the support of the Wellcome Trust, The Senses (Nobrow 2017) and Cervellopoli (Editoriale Scienza 2017). He has collaborated with universities and educational institutions around the world to make science more fun and accessible. His illustrations won the NSF Science Visualization Challenge (2015), and have been featured in exhibitions such as the Society of Illustrators Comics and Cartoon Art Annual Exhibition (2015). In 2016 Matteo joined Columbia University as a Presidential Scholar in Society and Neuroscience, where he investigates the role of ‘visual narratives’ in science communication. Working with science journalists, educators and cognitive neuroscientists he aims to understand how these tools may affect the public perception of science and increase scientific literacy.
Not content to work only in his neuroscience lab or to draw his beloved comics, this author has brought his two loves together by illustrating science comics that introduce new ideas from science and offer moments for reflection and creative thought. Written in collaboration with Dr. Hana Roš, Neurocomic features a cartoon adventurer exploring the brain and cutting edge neuroscience. Farinella’s recognizable aesthetics bring together visual narrative and raise questions about how we think about science communication and the imagination required for new ideas in science. The author of Neurocomic will draw Frankenstein inspired comics and bioart depictions in his fast and observant style, while discussing art and neuroscience with the public.