2022 AMI Online Salon

S-ACE2-BOAT1 Ternary Complex

Project Details

  • Entrant Name:  Hannah Koffman
  • Client: University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Copyright:  Hannah G Koffman, 2022
  • Medium/software used: ChimeraX, VMD, PDB, Charmm-gui, Blender 3D, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator
  • Final presentation format: Educational poster
  • Primary Audience: Biomedical professionals

Project Description

The purpose of this molecular visualization poster was to showcase the SARS-Cov-2 S-ACE2-BOAT1 ternary complex structure from multiple angles within the context of the virus binding to the cellular receptor, and to illustrate the simplified vectorized version of how the structures appear together (top view). The visualization includes labels with callouts to draw the viewer’s attention to the highlighted main parts of the structure, as they are meant to serve as additional information to contextualize the binding structure. The purpose of this assignment was to practice creating assets and models based on Protein Data Bank (PDB) information, texture them, set up lights, camera, and renders for a final poster. The story was told by using dramatic lighting, rule of thirds in composition, and cool color tones with an emphasis on warmer tones to the point of interest. The cellular landscape was established to create a feel for the contextual environment and multiple uses of triangles and diagonal lines were used throughout the piece to guide the user’s eye and to create a sense of movement. The white text has a drop shadow and an outer glow to allow for easier readability and accessibility for all audiences.