Level 4 lab

Deep inside Winnipeg’s National Microbiology Laboratory lies Canada’s only Biosafety Level 4 lab, one of just 15 on the planet. Here, under ultra-high security and sealed in airtight units, scientists study the nastiest of the world’s nasty diseases and pathogens, like Ebola, SARS and Anthrax.


Toronto Star

Creative Director:
Tonia Cowan



While under temporary contract with the Toronto Star, Canada’s largest newspaper, I was tasked with researching, writing and illustrating a two-page infographic detailing life inside a “typical” Biosafety Level 4 laboratory. Tight security and my aversion to things like Ebola prevented me from visiting and documenting the actual Winnipeg BSL-4 facility. Using a 30/30 orthographic projection allowed illustrated elements to be duplicated, repositioned and mirrored with minimal concern for perspective or lighting.

Skills Involved


  • Illustrator
  • Research

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