2018 AMI Online Salon

Neural Crest Cells & Neuroblastoma

Project Details

  • Artist(s):  Veronica Zoeckler; Lakewood, Colorado
  • Client: Dr. Ankur Saxena
  • Copyright: © 2018 Veronica Zoeckler
  • Medium / software used: Autodesk 3ds Max, Pixologic ZBrush, VMD, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Illustrator
  • Final presentation format: Animation on home page of Saxena lab website
  • Primary audience: Cell Biologists

Project Description

The target audience for this animation was cell biologists and other researchers interested in the Saxena lab at UIC. The goal was to first define neural crest cells as precursors to the tissues where the embryonic cancer neuroblastoma is often found. Second, to demonstrate how experiments with zebrafish embryos can tease apart the complex dynamics of these cell types. Modeling was done with ZBrush, VMD, and 3ds Max. Animation completed in 3ds Max with the Arnold renderer.