NIAID at RSNA 2023

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:


a stack of images from a chest CT


With SimpleITK  , you can load, process, and analyze images using your preferred programming language, including C++, Python, R, Java, and more. SimpleITK supports more than 20 image file formats, provides a wide range of filters to segment and register images, and offers tools to evaluate the segmentation and registration results. It provides researchers more accurate and precise image analysis without spending time and resources diving into complex workflow development.

transparent lungs with visible bronchi and tuberculosis lesions inside.  Lungs are hovering over a stack of CT images

TB Portals

TB Portals  is a web-based, open-access repository of multi-domain tuberculosis (TB) data and tools for its analysis. With our 3D Viewer  , you can interactively explore changes in the lung over the course of a case. Our “TB in VR  ” feature provides users with a 3D experience to explore pathology of a TB case study, and a molecular model demonstrating drug resistance in TB treatment.

3d model of rib cage with intercostal muscles


NIH 3D  is an open, community-driven platform for bioscientific and medical 3D models. Researchers can use these models for 3D printing and interactive 3D visualization, including virtual and augmented reality. We also offer tutorials and guidance on how to design and 3D print accurate molecular models using open-source software and fused-filament fabrication printers.

semi-transparent human bust with visible sinus region.  A gloved hand is giving a nasal swab.

Pathogen AR

Pathogen AR  uses image-tracking-based interactivity to share structural and functional features of biomolecules and viruses. By using PathogenAR, you can share mini-stories or “Modules” about specific research and pathogen-related topics. PathogenAR is available for iOS and Android devices through the App Store  and Google Play 

About Us

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

staff member in VR headset with molecule on large screen behind him

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.

Partnership in Action

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.

3D Printing at NIAID

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.

Color print of the SARS-CoV-2 Spike protein on a display stand
SARS-CoV-2 Spike protein

Smithsonian Futures Exhibit