Melanie Connolly (Conrad)

Melanie Connolly received her Biomedical Visualization Master of Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and specializes in the creation of dynamic and clear illustrations as well as animations on biomedical concepts.

Before becoming an award-winning Medical Illustrator, she studied Neurobiology at the University of Texas at Austin and worked at Dell Children's Medical Center in pre- and post-anesthesia care. Melanie's extensive pediatric point of care experience informed her Masters research with the Craniofacial Center at UIC where she created an animation to inform families of children and pediatric patients undergoing surgery to repair alveolar cleft. Melanie's research explored the benefit of visualizations in reducing fear while improving compliance and surgical outcomes.

As a former UIC Microbiology laboratory teaching assistant, she also takes interest in molecular, bacterial, and viral visualizations. With a broad scientific background and healthcare experience, she looks forward to helping your team bridge the gap between what healthcare providers think of as common knowledge, and what is actual common knowledge for patients.