JTCC: Visualising bio-imaging and data in 3D Virtual Reality (VR)
Signature Project

Project Leaders

Associate Professor John McGhee, Professor Tom Davis


Dr Andrew Lilja, Dr John Bailey, Mr Campbell Strong


The Project

This ARC Centre of Excellence project will explore how design-led 3D VR immersive techniques can be used to visualise the
dynamic processes within a cancer cell. The research also intends to conduct user testing of the VR content with students
and scientific communities. The goal of this research is to establish whether VR immersive data interaction provides benefits as
an educational tool. We also intend to investigate whether 3D VR visualisations of laboratory data can facilitate and enhance
the scientific discovery process. As part of this evaluation, we will be developing a VR platform to ‘share’ content. The goal is
to connect VR 3D cellular data between multiple users and sites across the CBNS nodes simultaneously on a collaborative
VR platform, to be termed the ‘VR Cell Arena System’.


  1. 3D Visualisation of Cancer Cell Data – UNSW, UQ and Monash
  2. 3D VR of High Resolution 3D Cell Dynamics Data – UNSW and Children’s Cancer Institute (CCIA)
  3. 3D VR in vivo Nanoparticles Dynamics Data – UNSW and UQ


The Big Questions

  • Can the use of data-driven 3D computer visualisation provide greater insight into the mechanisms of internalisation of a drug delivery system?
  • Can design-led VR through the use of Head Mounted Displays (HMDs), provide improved modes of interaction and education of the scientific data?


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