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  • Johnson wins 2nd place Biophysical Society Annual Meeting 2014 Image Contest Dynein motor proteins moving along microtubules– This ePMV model of Dynein by Graham Johnson is rendered in Cinema 4D and based on a crystal structure reported by Carter, Cho, Jin ...
    Posted Mar 6, 2014, 3:15 PM by Graham Johnson
  • Ritisha Laungani receives Allan Kuchinsky Student Award sigViz Google Summer of Code (GSoC) Student Ritisha Laungani received the Allan Kuchinsky Student Award today for her work on fluxViz over the summer of 2013. Allan Kuchinsky                     Ritisha Laungani
    Posted Oct 23, 2013, 4:28 PM by Graham Johnson
  • VIVID Sydney presentation posted Here is a talk I gave to describe the work that I and other medical/molecular illustrators do to a general audience attending Sydney's winter light and music festival ...
    Posted Oct 7, 2013, 12:01 PM by Graham Johnson
  • Lecture at Faraday Discussion 169 in May, 2014 Graham will speak at the Faraday Discussion in 2014visit http://rsc.li/fd169 for details.
    Posted Jul 11, 2013, 1:04 AM by Graham Johnson
  • Visualization Challenge Winners article in AMI Newsletter I've announced the winners and described some of the outcomes of the contest in a short informal article for the Association of Medical illustrators Newsletter.  Please check it out ...
    Posted Jun 25, 2013, 6:24 PM by Graham Johnson
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Welcome to the Johnson Lab at UCSF, home of the Mesoscope Project

Graham Johnson started working as a QB3@UCSF Faculty Fellow in January 2012 and the lab is looking to recruit new members.

For the public:
If we had a scope that could "see" living cells in atomic detail, a scope that could distinguish a few select molecules at a time from billions of neighbors:
•what would these molecules look like?
•how would they move?
•what molecules would they interact with and what macromolecular structures might they form?
•how would these building blocks fit and work together to enable life?
•can we trust what we "see"?
The mesoscope project aims to generate a database and associated file types that enable biologists, physicists, computational biologists, animation experts, and others to contribute to modeling, analyzing, and visualizing our molecular world, from atoms to cells. 

(Note the banner image metaphor at the top of this page implies that our knowledge of biology is relatively sparse and "blurry" on the mesoscale, which is the range of magnification (10–7 to 10–8m) that exists between atoms and cells.
 
For researchers:
The Johnson Lab focuses primarily on developing algorithms to enable scientists to generate, simulate, and visualize molecular models of cells, namely a software called autoPACK/cellPACK and continues to work with Ludovic Autin to develop ePMV in extended collaboration with Arthur Olson's lab at Scripps. This summer we have engaged in a google summer of code project called sigViz with other UCSF and Gladstone researchers to generate cell signaling network flux simulators.

The Johnson lab also develops outreach software that enables scientists and illustrators to interoperate the computational tools of science and art and works closely on these fronts with Tom Ferrin's Computer Graphics Lab (CGL) at UCSF as a Resource for Biocomputing, and Visualization, and Informatics (RBVI) collaborator, and with the Molecular Graphics Lab (MGL) at The Scripps Research Institute as a former National Biomedical Computational Resource (NBCR) member and current collaborator.

Please visit the Projects tab on this site for more details.


Main project autoPACK:

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