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Veronica Falconieri Hays, MA – Certified Medical Illustrator

Veronica Falconieri Hays is a Certified Medical Illustrator based in the Washington, DC area specializing in medical, molecular, cellular, and biological visualization, including both still media and animation.


Prior to founding Falconieri Visuals, Veronica earned her Master of Arts in Medical and Biological Illustration from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, where she studied medical subjects such as anatomy alongside medical students, as well as completing coursework in illustration and animation.

After graduating, Veronica worked within a cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) lab at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland. She collaborated extensively with researchers as they discovered structures of biological molecules, and is a published author in several journals including Science and Cell.


As a Certified Medical Illustrator, Veronica illustrates and animates all things medical including cell and molecular biology, pharmaceutical mechanism of action, biotech, physiology, neuroscience, anatomy, surgery, pathology, and biotechnology. Her research experience provides exceptional knowledge of protein structure and understanding of complex molecular subject matter.

Awards and Recognition

2019 Citation of Merit, Medical Illustration, BioImages

2019 Citation of Merit, Natural Science Illustration, BioImages

2017 Citation of Merit, Medical Illustration, BioImages

2016 Juror Selected Entry, BioImages

2016 Art of Science Image Contest Finalist, Biophysical Society

2015 Art of Science Image Contest Finalist, Biophysical Society

NSF Visualization Challenge 2015 Illustration Finalist, National Science Foundation

Drescher Award for Graduate Research, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Frank H. Netter MD Memorial Scholarship for Medical Art

Alan Cole Scholarship, The Vesalius Trust


Veronica earned her MA from the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Before Hopkins, she studied biology and art at Smith College and graduated magna cum laude with highest honors.

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