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  Elke Moritz

MolVis - Virtual Exploration of Proteins

Research in Biomedical Imaging


Virtual Reality, Macromolecular Structures, CAVE, Scientific Visualization

Project Description

The rapid growth in publically available macromolecular data sets has created the need for improved distribution and representation of biological data. Since the function of a molecule is directly related to its three-dimensional (3D) structure, techniques for investigating molecular structure, function and interaction are essential for cellular biologists and drug designers in particular.

This prototype study explores the possibilities and potentials of surround-screen projection-based virtual reality environments for interactive visualization of multiple molecular models.

MolScript, a program for textbook quality imaging, was enhanced with CAVE-functionality to facilitate stereoscopic real-time rendering for displaying and manipulating realistic 3D structural models of macromolecular data.

An intuitive and natural user interface was added to enable exploration and side-by-side comparison as well as superimposition of visually appealing and scientifically meaningful visualizations.

MolVis MolVis

This work was supported by the members of the NSF Engineering Research Center and the Department of Computer Science at Mississippi State University, the members of the Center for Image Processing and Integrated Computing (CIPIC) at the University of California, Davis, and the AG Graphische Datenverarbeitung und Computergeometrie at the University of Kaiserslautern, Germany.


E. Moritz and J. Meyer: Interactive 3D Protein Structure Visualization Using Virtual Reality, in Proceedings of the Fourth IEEE Symposium on BioInformatics and BioEngineering (IEEE BIBE 2004), May 19-21, 2004, Taichung, Taiwan, pp. 503-507

E. Moritz and J. Meyer: Virtual Exploration of Proteins, in Proceedings of the Second IASTED International Conference on Visualization, Imaging and Image Processing (VIIP), 9.-12. September 2002, Malaga, Spain, pp. 757-762

E. Moritz: Large-scale Biomolecular Imaging in an Immersive Environment, Master Thesis, University of Kaiserslautern, 2002

Contact Information

Elke Moritz
University of California, Irvine
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
649 Engineering Tower
Irvine, CA 92697-2625

+1-(949)-824-3937 (work)