I worked with Smita Gopinath and Professor Akiko Iwasaki to create a figure for their News and Views piece (Gopinath et al., Nat. Immunol. 2016
) One of the hardest parts of science communication is figuring out what level of detail is necessary, especially in a mixed audience of people with different scientific expertise. This is definitely true for mucus carbohydrates, which are incredibly complex; their interactions with pathogens, in turn, are extremely specific. It can be tricky to convey interactions with enough accuracy to be informative to an expert audience, but also simplified enough to be understood by everyone. It was a lot of fun to collaborate on this figure, and I learned a lot!