Dan Gurnon: Visualizing proteins
Our projects involve visualizing the submicroscopic world, and include biochemical "wet-lab" research as well as collaborations with computer scientists and artists. In one project, we are attempting purification and biophysical characterization of a protein from the HTLV-I virus, in pursuit of a better understanding of the protein's role in virally induced Adult T-Cell leukemia. Other work explores creative ways to communicate important concepts about the molecular world, especially protein disorder and dynamics.
The videos below will give you a better sense of the more unconventional projects we've done. Two videos below describe a recent collaboration between our lab, artist Julian Voss-Andreae, DePauw art professor Jacob Stanley, and Klaus Schulten's lab at the Beckman Institute, which resulted in a large-scale steel protein sculpture, now permanently installed in the Julian Science Building. Also linked below is an animated visualization of HIV created for the CGSociety autoPack challenge, in collaboration with animator Arik Theusen (ScientiaViz).