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Research Week: Molecular Dynamics Visualisation

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John Curtin Gallery - Building 200A

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Presented By:

Ricardo Mancera, Andrew Rohl, Michael Wiebrands & Chris Malajczuk

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Molecular graphics systems are visualization tools which, upon integration into a 3D immersive environment, provide a unique virtual reality experience for research and teaching of biomolecular structure, function and interactions. We have recently developed a molecular structure and dynamics application, the Molecular Dynamics Visualization (MDV) tool, that uses the Unity game engine combined with large scale, multi-user, stereoscopic visualization systems to deliver an immersive display experience. Biomolecular structure analysis and display capabilities will be exemplified with a range of complex systems involving cell membranes, protein folding and lipoproteins.

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Ricardo Mancera is Professor of Biophysical Chemistry and Computational Biophysics in the School of Biomedical Sciences. He has a BSc(Hons) in biological and pharmaceutical chemistry from the National University of Mexico and a PhD in Theoretical Chemistry from the University of Cambridge.

Andrew Rohl is Professor of Computational Science and the Director of the Curtin Institute for Computation. He is an expert in the application of supercomputing and computer simulation technologies in materials chemistry, with a particular focus on problems of relevance to industry.

Michael Wiebrands is an IT professional with 20 years experience in the tertiary education sector. He has filled a broad range of IT roles, including software development, system administration, application support, database administration and project management. His current focus is the use of game engines to facilitate the creation of education tools. He has a particular interest in 3D visualisation and virtual reality.

Chris Malajczuk is a PhD student in biomedical science working on the molecular simulation of lipoprotein structure and interactions with amyloid beta. He has a BSc(Hons) in Nanotechnology (Chemistry and Molecular Biology stream) from Curtin University.

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