Dynamic Virtual Protein VR project. JM. Gauthier and I. McGrath – July 2019

Virtual reality tutorial. Virtual Protein / secondary structure / alpha-helix, beta-sheet We created the Dynamic Virtual Protein project (DVP), a VR tool, for the visualization of proteins aimed at an audience of high school and college students. The tool is…

Dynamic Virtual Protein VR project. JM. Gauthier and I. McGrath - July 2019

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Virtual reality tutorial. Virtual Protein / secondary structure / alpha-helix, beta-sheet

We created the Dynamic Virtual Protein project (DVP), a VR tool, for the visualization of proteins aimed at an audience of high school and college students. The tool is simple, fast, intuitive, and does not require previous knowledge of proteins, chemistry, physics or biology. The DVP introduces the manipulation of proteins to high school students to expose them to the fascinating world of bio-chemistry and mutations at a nanoscale.

As the project evolves students will be able to choose from a library of protein related tutorials. The project is designed to be utilized by teachers and students who are looking to discover information about proteins, in a format that they will not find in a textbook or a video. The VR tool can be used in a classroom, lab or library setting, without the help of a mentor.

The dynamic virtual protein project is intended for virtual reality, education and biological research communities. This process is developed as part of an interdisciplinary team of bio-physicists and interactive designers. Grant NSF award OIA-1736253 “RII Track-2 FEC: Using Biophysical Protein Models to Map Genetic Variation to Phenotypes”. “Genome to Phenome” is a NSF funded project, focusing on “prediction of the effects of combinations of small
sets of mutations on biophysical phenotypes.”

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