Balaram Khamari is a doctoral student in microbiology who has always felt the connection between science and art.
"They are interlinked," he says. "Even doing a science experiment requires art."
Now, Khamari is bringing the worlds of art and science together – in a petri dish. He's been spending a lot of time in his lab in Puttaparthi, India, culturing colorful bacteria and artfully arranging it on a jelly like substance called agar. He is part of a growing body of scientists across the world who make agar art, and even compete for prizes.