The NIAID Bioinformatics and Computational Biology team will be presenting as part of the technical exhibits at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Annual Meeting from Nov 26-29th, 2023 in Chicago, Illinois. Please come visit us to learn more about the applications and services that our team provides at NIAID.
During your visit you will learn about several products and services that are offered from our NIAID Bioinformatics Portal. Below are a few of those applications and services:
The Bioinformatics and Computational Biology team at NIAID integrates computational and data-driven science. We have developed a number of open and accessible products and services to support, enable, and advance biomedical discovery.
Our BioViz Lab provides an array of tools and technologies to explore data in a collaborative space with immersive visualization experiences, including virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR). The BioViz Lab combines hardware, technical support, and subject matter expertise in data analytics and scientific visualization. Our multi-disciplinary team includes specialists in structural biology, cybersecurity, networking, A/V, workstation development, 3D modeling, and data visualization. These specialties are interwoven into a tight-knit team operating with a shared mission. This approach has proven to be highly effective in formulating new and creative infrastructure solutions and in tackling challenges quickly and efficiently.
For more than a decade we have maintained a collaborative relationship with the Resource for Biocomputing Visualization and Informatics (RBVI) within the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), who are the developers of ChimeraX . Since 2019, we have been providing direct funding for projects related to NIH 3D workflows and the integration of virtual reality for molecular visualization and 3D medical imaging. ChimeraX, an open-source tool, has been an integral part of our facilities since that time
Through our partnership, UCSF extended the capabilities of the shared “Meeting” feature to efficiently handle low bandwidth and high latency internet conditions. Several shared VR meetings have been hosted with participants concurrently joining from sites in Uganda, Maryland, and California. Through this work, we have taken VR beyond the individual’s immersive environment and translated it into a unique, collaborative experience for real-time discovery and communication that transcends global borders.
Since 2007, we have been at the forefront of 3D printing technology, utilizing ColorJet, stereolithography, and fused deposition modeling printers to create intricate models that advance our understanding of NIAID research topics. Our 3D prints can serve as powerful communication tools or support bench scientists with custom labware tailored to their needs. Our work has garnered widespread recognition, with our prints featured in prestigious museum exhibits, including three Smithsonian showcases. Influential figures such as Dr. Francis Collins and Dr. Anthony Fauci have used our prints to bolster their communications with Congress and the public during the COVID-19 crisis.
*Please note that our services are exclusively available to the NIAID community.
Smithsonian Futures Exhibit