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FROM LEFT: MCDB students Sanjana Kumar, Sahita Manda, and Vaishnavi Krishnan. Photos by Leisa Thompson

Biology and theater students performed a series of intricate dances to demonstrate what happens when cells divide during the performance Movement under the Microscope in the fall. 

The performance was a collaboration led by Morgan DeSantis, assistant professor of molecular, cellular, and developmental biology (MCDB); Tzveta Kassabova, assistant professor of music, theatre, and dance; and Jade Marks, science communication manager at the U-M Museum of Natural History. 

Performers included the three pictured, from DeSantis’s MCDB class: Sanjana Kumar, Sahita Manda, and Vaishnavi Krishnan. 

“We hope to provide a window into what is possible when scientists and artists work together and embrace different ways of knowing,” Marks said in introducing the performance.


Students from the LSA Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and from the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance celebrate the “building blocks of life” through performance art.
Students from area schools learned about cell division and nutrient transport through the dancers’ choreography. In particular, the performance highlighted the cytoskeletal processes that support human life.

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Release Date: 05/01/2023
Tags: LSA; Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology; LSA Magazine; Museum of Natural History