Pathogens in Augmented Reality (PathogenAR)

Explore NIAID Research to Understand, Treat, and Prevent Pathogenic Disease

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PathogenAR is an Augmented Reality application from the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). Explore interactive stories about pathogens and pathogenic disease using touch gestures or a Merge Cube Device.

Concept

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 by the use of AR. We were particularly interested in the potential for mobile AR apps with image-tracking-based interactivity as a convenient method for researchers and students to communicate and learn about structural and functional features of biomolecules and viruses. To this end, we have developed PathogenAR as means to share mini-stories or "Modules" about specific research and pathogen-related topics. Much of this research is happening within the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Watch a video to see a demonstration of PathogenAR

Main Areas of Focus

  • To be an educational tool aimed at the general public to provide insight surrounding viral and bacterial pathogens

Modules

Available Modules

  • Coming Soon! - COVID-19: Nasopharyngeal Swabs - Navigate the anatomical hurdles of the nasal cavity while conducting a virtual nasopharyngeal swab
  • 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
  • Influenza: A Universal Vaccine - Explore strategies NIAID researchers are using to develop a single vaccine targeting the many types of Influenza virus

Modules in Production

  • HIV: Antiretroviral Drug Discovery and Develop

How To Get Started

Download the app from the App Store or Google Play.

Get PathogenAR on the App Store

Get PathogenAR on Google Play

The Team

  • Kristen Browne MS, MSBMC: Unity Developer and 3D Artist

  • Philip Cruz, Ph.D.: Structural Biologist

  • Samuel Ezeji: UI/UX Designer

  • Meghan McCarthy, Ph.D.: Program Lead, 3D Printing and Biovisualization

  • Michael Dolan, Ph.D.: Head, Bioinformatics Software Section

  • Lewis Kim, M.P.H.: Lead, Bioinformatics Software Section