Richard Smith: Visualization of tissue morphodynamics

Posted by Renecia Lowe on 28, March, 2018

Richard_SmithThis Friday in the VIZBI 2018 session on Tissues & Organisms, Richard Smith from the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, will speak about visualization of morphogenesis processes. The aim of his work is to achieve full 3D quantification of cell shape and gene expression, with changes over time. Due to the challenges in obtaining this, MorphoGraphX was developed to process the images. He will present examples using this software on plant organs, and inroads towards developing an integrated environment for computational morphodynamics on surfaces. Further information on Richard’s talk is available at

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Sameer Velankar: Structure databases

Posted by Renecia Lowe on 27, March, 2018


In the Proteins session of VIZBI 2018 next week, Sameer Velankar from European Bioinformatics Institute (UK) will speak about how rapid advances in structure determination techniques are transforming structural biology, elucidating a range of biological processes at a molecular level. To help expert and non-expert wwPDB users, these data are integrated in visualisation. Sameer will describe these approaches using images and interactive tools. Further information on Sameer’s talk is available at

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Marcin Imielinski: Navigating and mining cancer graph genomes

Posted by Renecia Lowe on 26, March, 2018

Marcin_Imielinski Next week, as part of the VIZBI 2018 session on DNA, Marcin Imielinski from New York Genome Centre (USA), will speak about structural DNA variants that drive cancer progression and render tumors sensitive to drugs. A key obstacle for understanding is difficulty in seeing beyond shreds of sequence in our genome. Marcin will review state of the art approaches in understanding, introducing the paradigm of a cancer graph genome to detect recurrent mutational signatures. Further information on Marcin’s talk is available at


Daniel Janies: Visual analytics of superbugs

Posted by Renecia Lowe on 26, March, 2018


In the VIZBI 2018 session on Populations next week, Daniel Janies from University of North Carolina at Charlotte (USA) will speak about Multidrug resistant bacteria (“Superbugs”). Genomic sequencing labs collect genetic data on bacterial pathogens called Genome Trakr, to scan for genes that confer antibiotic resistance. Dan will discuss tools and cases from his work that apply visual analytics to this. Further information on Dan’s talk is available at


James Michaelson: Micro CT in surgical specimens

Posted by Renecia Lowe on 26, March, 2018


In next week’s session on Tissues at VIZBI 2018, James Michaelson from Massachusetts General Hospital (USA) will speak about how Micro CT may be used to provide high-resolution 3D images in biology and surgery. Micro CT has allowed many specimens to be shared and viewed (see example), opening up new possibilities, in particular in cancer surgery. James demonstrates that Micro CT can provide useful 3D images, including identifying positive breast cancer patients in 10 minutes. Further information on James’s talk is available

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John “Scooter” Morris: Visualizing systems biology

Posted by Renecia Lowe on 25, March, 2018

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Next Thursday during the VIZBI 2018 session on Cellular Systems, John “Scooter” Morris from University of California (USA), will speak about systems biology and recording the state of cells using high-throughput techniques. His talk will include will include examples of exploratory visualization techniques and will end with an exploratory approach to a complicated visualization challenge. Further information is available at

Aaron Wong: Visualising functional genomics data

Posted by Renecia Lowe on 25, March, 2018


Next Wednesday during the VIZBI 2018 session on DNA, Aaron Wong from Flatiron Institute (USA), will speak about current approaches and challenges in visualizing and interrogating large-scale functional genomics data. He will present current research on genome-scale tissue-specific functional networks and will describe how these tools are leveraged to interpret function of disease genes. Further information about Aaron’s talk is available at

Anders Ynnerman: Data Visualization for Laymen and Experts

Posted by Renecia Lowe on 24, March, 2018


Next Friday at VIZBI 2018, Anders Ynnerman from Linköping University (Sweden), will present a keynote talk on the ongoing convergence of exploratory and explanatory visualization paradigms. He will speak about the paradigm shift in visual learning and communication, enabling a new generation of installations and demonstrations at museums and science centres. Explanatory methods can pave the path for new approaches to exploration. Anders will speak about issues in visualization, providing examples and interactive demonstrations to illustrate concepts such as virtual dissection of insects and flowers at museum collections. Further information on Anders’ talk is available at

VIZBI & Masterclass tickets still available

Posted by Renecia Lowe on 24, March, 2018

In case you are still deciding, there are still tickets left for both VIZBI 2018 and the Data Visualisation Masterclass. To register for VIZBI 2018, click here: REGISTRATION. Email if you have any queries.

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Patrick Chain: Information from shotgun sequencing of microbes

Posted by Renecia Lowe on 24, March, 2018


Next Friday, during the VIZBI 2018 session on Populations, Patrick Chain from Los Alamos National Laboratory (USA) will speak about Next-generation sequencing (NGS) technology and the genomic exploration of the minor players in a microbial community. This extra throughput and “big data”, coupled with lack of tools for processing and visualization, presents a new set of challenges in interpreting these complex data sets. He will speak about current issues in this area, including a series of efforts designed to lower the barrier for non-experts to use NGS for routine applications. Further information about Patrick’s talk is available at

Joanna Trylska: Simulations of RNA

Posted by Renecia Lowe on 24, March, 2018

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Next Wednesday, in the VIZBI 2018 session on RNA, Joanna Trylska from Biomolecular Machines Laboratory (Poland) will speak about how molecular dynamics simulations are used to investigate the relation between dynamics and function. The complicated 3D architecture of RNA results from its sequence and flexibility. She will present challenges in visualising RNA dynamics with examples that respond to factors such as antibiotics and temperature change. Further information on Joanna’s talk is available at

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Lydia Gregg: Advancing anatomy

Posted by Renecia Lowe on 23, March, 2018

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Next week as part of the VIZBI 2018 session on Tissues, Lydia Gregg from John Hopkins University (USA), will speak about new advancements in medical data-driven illustrations. In particular, she will present the scope of opportunities offered by these improvements in imaging techniques with several examples. These advancements ultimately enable advancements in knowledge, and options to replace animal models with 3D printed models in experiments. Further information on Lydia’s talk and some high-resolution images are available at

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Registration discount for groups

Posted by Renecia Lowe on 23, March, 2018

We are now offering a 25% group discount for orders of 5 or more tickets for both VIZBI 2018 and the Data Vis Masterclass. If all 5 members of your group are eligible for regular tickets, then you may proceed to use the “Group Discount” ticket option. If your group composes a mix of regular and students tickets, then please contact us at to organise how to obtain your discount.


Antonio González Peña: Microbiome meta-analyses

Posted by Renecia Lowe on 23, March, 2018


At the VIZBI 2018 session on populations next week, Antonio González Peña from the University of California (USA), will speak about how meta-analyses are used to generate new hypotheses in multi-omic projects. Qiita is used to integrate analysis and comparison of microbiome studies. Antonio will also explain current challenges in analysis, retrieval and visualization. Further information on Antonio’s talk is available at


Eric Lécuyer: Subcellular gene expression

Posted by Renecia Lowe on 22, March, 2018


Next week at the VIZBI 2018 session on RNA, Eric Lécuyer from Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal (Canada), will speak about his work in examining cellular organization; how conveyers of genetic information are dispatched to fulfil their functions. His work uses high-throughput molecular imaging and functional genomics approaches, aiming to elucidate RNA trafficking in maintaining the cell, and the role these pathways may have in disease. Further information about Eric’s talk is available at


Jodie Jenkinson: Communicating molecular phenomena

Posted by Renecia Lowe on 22, March, 2018


At the VIZBI 2018 session on Proteins, Jodie Jenkinson from the University of Toronto (Canada) will present on visual biomolecular representations in education and outreach. Visual representations are highly beneficial in understanding molecular interactions and in facilitating further discoveries. Jodie will examine how strategies are determined in representing concepts that are hypothetical and how the level of required detail is decided in different types of communications. Further details about Jodie’s talk are available at

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Devin Sullivan: Visualising the human proteome

Posted by Renecia Lowe on 22, March, 2018

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Next week at VIZBI 2018 in the session on Cells, Devin Sullivan from KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden) will speak about his work in mapping and understanding protein localization. He will explore current visualizations of proteome scale protein localization and future challenges in this area of research. Further details about Devin’s talk are available at

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Drew Berry: Your respiration engines

Posted by Renecia Lowe on 22, March, 2018


Thursday next week at VIZBI 2018, in his keynote talk on communicating science visually, Drew Berry from Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (Victoria, Australia) will present the latest experiments from WEHI.TV: GPU hardware and accelerated game engines to generate detailed cinematic landscapes inside our living cells. This work has expanded to deliver real-time open-world stories of mitochrondrial membranes and animated molecular engines. Further details about Drew’s talk are available at


Sean’s Cambridge Top Five

Posted by Angela Maquinto on 21, March, 2018

Seán_O'Donoghue Where to go when in Cambridge, MA? (1) Visit the Entrepreneur Walk of Fame in Kendall Square: the plaza outside the Marriott hotel has tiles honoring Thomas Edison, Hewlett-Packard Co-founders Bill Hewlett and David Packard, Genentech Cofounder Bob Swanson, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Lotus founder Mitch Kapor. (2) When you arrive at the Broad, grab a screenshot of your WiFi neighbourhood and share with your friends: you’re in one of the world’s greatest technology hubs! (3) A stone’s throw from the Broad is the main office of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and just a few blocks away is the main office of Cell Press, both are worth the visit. (5) A favorite local restaurant chain is called Legal Seafoods; one is located a block away from Broad; another is in Boston Logan airport. On departure day, get to the airport early so you can get in a last lobster or Boston clam chowder before flying home.

Ivan Viola: Large-scale visualization of protein environments

Posted by Renecia Lowe on 21, March, 2018


Thursday morning next week at VIZBI 2018, as part of the session on visualising protein data, Ivan Viola from the Technische Universität Wien (Austria) will talk on the large-scale interactive visualization of protein environments. His work uses a variety of computer graphics and visualization techniques to enable interactive navigation through molecular-scale models of entire viruses or bacteria. In coming years, he aims to scale-up these methods to encompass entire eukaryotic cells, or to allow real-time physiological simulations covering the entire lifetime of simple bacteria. Further details about Ivan’s talk – including a much higher resolution version of the image below and a short video – are available at