Group members: Matthew Bernards, Patrick Hrdlicka, Tanya Miura, Jagdish Patel, Paul Rowley, Soumya Srivastava, Kris Waynant, Holly Wichman, Jonathan Barnes, Suki Li
Originated: February 2021
We will be brainstorming ideas on how the U of I can build a center that has a focus on drug discovery. Discussion includes possible focus areas, current expertise, gaps in knowledge/expertise and funding mechanisms.
The Dynamic Virtual Proteins project team consists of Jean-Marc Gauthier, Virtual Technology and Design Associate Professor, Jagdish Suresh Patel, Department of Biological Sciences Research Assistant Professor, and Ian McGrath, 2019 graduate of the College of Art and Architecture. The interdisciplinary research is part of a $6 million EPSCoR Track-2 grant from NSF and supported by the Institute for Modeling Collaboration and Innovation (IMCI).
In addition to presenting at VRST 2019, the U of I team was
one of six projects selected by Real Time Live, a world-wide, peer-reviewed event
of SIGGRAPH Asia 2019. SIGGRRAPH is an annual conference and exhibition that
attracts the most respected technical and creative people from all over the
world to present cutting-edge projects on computer graphics and interactive
techniques. The U of I team demonstrated their most recent project, the Virtual
Protein Builder, in real time in front of an audience of more than 1200 people
in Brisbane. The presentation showed the visualization of and interaction with
two proteins in virtual reality. One of them, beta-lactamase, which provides
resistance to antibiotics, was built in real-time in front of the live audience
using virtual agents.
“The demo was very well received,” said Gauthier. “We made strong connections for future collaborations with research labs in New Zealand, Germany and Hong Kong. This was a wonderful opportunity to promote some of the research being done at the U of I.”