2019 AMI Online Salon

An Interactive Website on Interpreting Adenovirus Transcription Map

Project Details

  • Entrant Name: Yue Liu

  • Membership Type: Student Submission

  • Other Contributors:                         

  • Address: Toronto, Canada

  • Client: Faculty advisor: Dr. Jodie Jenkinson, BA, MScBMC, PhD, FAMI; Prof. Michael Corrin, BFA, BA, Hons BSc, MScBMC, CMI; Dr. Derek Ng, BSc, MScBMC, PhD. Content advisor:  Dr. Martha Brown, BSc, MSc, PhD

  • Medium/software used: Adobe Illustrator CC, Maya, Aftereffect, CSS, HTML, JavaScript

  • Final presentation format: Website

  • Primary Audience: Undergraduate life science students

Project Description

Visual literacy is not formally taught in undergraduate life sciences, yet students are often expected to make sense of sophisticated figures present in scientific research papers. Viral transcription maps are a type of complex diagram that frequently appear in undergraduate virology courses or virology journal articles that students are expected to interpret. These maps visually condense, encode, and depict the spatial and temporal relationships between the viral transcription products and the underlying genome.

This interactive website uses the adenovirus transcription map as an example to teach undergraduate students how the viral genome is related to its gene products. Students can hover over the 2D elements in the transcription map to dynamically visualize the transcript names and their relationships to the protein components in a 3D structure of the assembled virus. Students can also toggle different modes to visually filter the map as well as access additional information.