Garvan and the Weizmann Institute are working together to advance the wider understanding of genomics in the community, with a focus on molecular visualisation and education initiatives.
Building on existing expertise in virtual reality and biomedical animation, immersive visualisation experiences with broad appeal are being developed through the partnership.
The animations developed for these experiences weave storytelling and the tools of cinema, art and design, anchored by authentic scientific data, to blend multi resolution data and connect with the audience.
In education, a new collaborative research project has been established, bringing together extensive educational research expertise at Weizmann with Garvan’s molecular visualisation and genomics education expertise. The team will work with teachers in Australian and Israeli middle and secondary schools, investigating how best to support the meaningful usage of 3D molecular animations by teachers in the classroom. This work will complement Garvan’s emerging programs that use authentic genomic data and real-world scenarios in teacher education.
Immersive visualisation dome
Visitors to the Garvan-Weizmann Centre can immerse themselves in molecular animations through the Centre’s visualisation dome (see image above - credit Mark Arrebola). The dome is designed for groups, and will showcase the visualisation experiences being developed through the Garvan-Weizmann partnership.
The three metre immersive visualisation dome is a negative pressure, geodesic structure that allows small groups to be immersed in a molecular wonderland.
This 360 degree stereoscopic animation was created by Kate Patterson for the Garvan-Weizmann Centre for Cellular Genomics. It is designed for viewing in Google Cardboard but can also be viewed in 360 on your mobile device. Please ensure wifi is connected and select the highest resolution for best viewing.
The following biomedical animations created by Kate Patterson are narrative-driven and designed for viewing on a traditional screen via mobile, computer, or large format screen. They have been translated into Hebrew and are being showcased at the Davidson Institute of Science Education at The Weizmann Institute, Israel.
Tagging DNA: Mislabelling the Cancer Genome animation by Kate Patterson.
Cancer Is Not One Disease animation By Kate Patterson
Cancer Cells Undergoing Mitosis shows how a normal cell, in the pancreas can start to divide out of control. This animation was created using 3D animation software Autodesk Maya and Adobe After Effects. Scientific images and movies from light and electron microscopy were used as reference material.