Explore NIAID Research to Understand, Treat, and Prevent Pathogenic Disease
Augmented reality (AR) technology combines a real-world view with computer-generated assets. AR devices range from high-end wearable headsets to smartphone-based applications that can be used with or without inexpensive stereoscopic viewer accessories. Our research and others' work has shown the potential to dramatically change biomedical research, education, and clinical practice through AR. That is where PathogenAR comes in.
PathogenAR uses image-tracking-based interactivity to share structural and functional features of biomolecules and viruses. By using PathogenAR, researchers can share mini-stories or "Modules" about specific research and pathogen-related topics. Watch a video to see PathogenAR in action.
Main Areas of Focus
- Explore interactive stories about pathogens and pathogenic disease using touch gestures or a Merge Cube Device
- Provide insight surrounding viral and bacterial pathogens
- Influenza: A Universal Vaccine - Explore strategies NIAID researchers are using to develop a single vaccine targeting the many types of Influenza virus
- HIV/AIDS: Anti-retroviral Drugs - Learn about several anti-retroviral drugs used to treat HIV infections
- COVID-19: How SARS-CoV-2 binds to Host cells - Explore the structure of the SARS-CoV-2 S protein and how it binds to host cells via the ACE2 receptor
- COVID-19: Nasopharyngeal Swabs - Navigate the anatomical hurdles of the nasal cavity while conducting a virtual nasopharyngeal swab
- Hepatitis B: The Hepatitis B Life Cycle - Learn about hepatitis B virus (HBV), that attacks the liver and can cause both acute and chronic disease
- Papillomavirus: The HPV Minichromosome - Reviews how papillomaviruses use histones to pack their DNA inside the capsid and how modifications of these histones might promote infection with HPV.