Study of nucleic acids and proteins has evoked great interest for its role in research involving areas such as human genome and drug design. Understanding the core structure and behavior of these protein molecules requires reading and analyzing large amounts of data about atoms derived from a plethora of experiments. In recent years, computer graphics has gained popularity for its ability to translate these large datasets into three dimensional structures providing easy visualization. This project has implemented one such 3-D molecular viewer to display different models of molecules and study their properties. The project was developed in Java3D using the Spiegel visualization framework. The final outcome of this project is software which provides a mechanism to visually analyze protein structure using well known interactive features such as zoom, rotate and translation.

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Document Type

Master's Project

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Department, Program, or Center

Computer Science (GCCIS)


Bischof, Hans-Peter

Advisor/Committee Member

Geigel, Joseph

Advisor/Committee Member

Marshall, Sidney


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