| After completing our last
project for Kumar Lab at the University of Michigan, Organelle
View, the head of the lab, Anuj Kumar, wanted us to take the
next step. He wanted an educational tool to illustrate the
background behind Organelle View.
The two main Principles behind Organelle
View are: 1. Proteins take their shape based on the code in
an organism's DNA. and 2. Proteins localize throughout the
cell, performing specific tasks in the various organelles.
To address both of these, we created a 3D yeast cell cycle
that is searchable for a few example proteins, and we created
a short series of mini animations that explain how proteins
are produced and distributed throughout the cell.
Geared at highschool and freshman undergraduate
level biology students, The Yeast Cell Cycle makes some
of the key concepts that they learn in their classes much more dimensional. It
also provides a first step to understanding and using Organelle
View and Organelle DB.
After a great deal of research and consultation
with Anuj, we completed The Yeast Cell Cycle and submitted it to the National
Science Foundation's annual Visualization Challenge.