Moving Images: 1st Place

Visualizing the Phytoestrogen Glabridin Using an Animation

Submitted by: Melissa Zachritz

NetID: mzachr2

Program: Biomedical Visualization

Division: Life Sciences

In the field of biomedical visualization, research often focuses on the creation of original visual materials, which act as part of the process in scientific discovery. The focus is on how to best visualize and communicate, rather than the discipline being communicated. Still, good research methods are imperative to creating an effective visualization. This is true for the moving image I am submitting. My research dealt with creating an animation to visualize the structure and some of the better-understood bioactivities of the phytoestrogen, glabridin. I created the animation using a combination of several different software programs. The 2D section was created using Adobe After Effects CC. To ensure accurate 3D models of the proteins and ligands, crystal structures from the Protein Data Bank were imported into the Visual Molecular Dynamics program. These models were then incorporated into the animation. The 3D section was created using two 3D modeling and animation programs: Pixologic ZBrush and Autodesk 3D Studio Max. I also wrote the script and recorded narration with assistance from BVIS faculty. Final edits were done using Adobe Premiere. The final animation is about two minutes long, and intended to be shown to a medical professional audience in a conference setting.