Biomolecular modelling and visualization in a time of Covid

Abstract:

Biomolecules such as proteins, DNA and lipids are essential to all of life on earth. Visualizing their molecular structure and interactions with one another is important for understanding biological processes. This knowledge can be used to develop new drugs and biologics for clinical treatments and diagnostics.

Biomolecular modelling involves computational methods to construct models for simulation and visualization. Simulations are typically performed on large high performance computer clusters, taking advantage of parallel processing algorithms to greatly increase the speed and size of the modelled systems.

Starting from early on in the Covid pandemic modelling was used at CSIRO to support various research goals, including vaccine and covid variant assessment, as well as in interpretation of cross-species adaptation. Utilizing virtual reality technology we were also able to collaborate and discuss latest findings with overseas researchers.
This talk gives a broad overview of biomolecular modelling, covid modelling and visualization using VR.

Bio:

Michael is a computational biomolecular modeller currently Team leader of the Modelling and Simulations Team (MST) at Data61 of CSIRO, specializing in molecular simulations. By visualizing and modelling the molecules of life through computer simulations, researchers gain deeper insights into health, disease, and the remarkable adaptations that living things are capable of in their environments.

Prior to joining the MST team, Michael worked at the Victorian Life Science Computation Initiative (VLSCI) at Melbourne university supporting medical research as well as participating five seasons with the United States Antarctic Program (USAP) based in McMurdo and Palmer stations researching antifreeze proteins, (or why some fish don’t freeze).

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