Our molecular animations and virtual reality experiences are informed by our research and are being developed in consultation with both scientific advisors and education experts.
The scale or resolution of biological structures and behaviours can sometimes make them invisible, yet animations can make the invisible visible. Molecular animations are a valuable and powerful tool to showcase these important processes that can not be visualised in other ways.
Animation can also be used to enrich learning, especially when effectively implemented by educators. Our research explores models to support teachers’ meaningful usage of 3D molecular animations in the classroom.
Our DNA code can be modified by tiny chemical tags called methylation, that can affect gene expression.
Visualisation in education research
Biological animations that are implemented effectively by teachers in the classroom can promote comprehension, and foster student's insights into abstract concepts.
Our research explores models to support teachers’ meaningful usage of 3D molecular animations in Australian and Israeli middle and secondary schools and is being carried out together with education researchers from The Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel as part of the Garvan-Weizmann Partnership.
TET Enzyme (Blue) binds to DNA and causes a chemical change to a methylated tag.
DNA-Base community resources
Learn about clinical genomics – the science and technology behind it, its application in healthcare, and its life-changing impact at the Kinghorn Centre for Clinical Genomics DNA Base: community resources.
p53 protein binds to DNA to guide a cell's response to DNA damage (top). Mutated p53 (bottom) can not bind to DNA which means DNA damage can accumulate in cells and over time, increasing the risk of cancer.
Patterson K, Terril B, Dorfman B, Blonder R, Yardan A
Molecular animations can be beneficial as teaching tools for genomics education; however, barriers to their effective implementation remain. This article proposes informed design guidelines from the perspective of the animator that may assist others to effectively communicate scientific concepts to their respective audiences and communities.