Molecular biology can be difficult to learn and understand because many cellular processes occur at a scale too small for us to see with our eyes. 3D Animations are a visually appealing way to present this content to students because it allows them to watch the process unfold. These animations can supplement the static illustrations that appear in course textbooks which can sometimes be difficult to imagine in motion. These animations were commissioned by Dr. Cristofre Martin for the Foundations to Medicine Course at St. George's University. It is part of an ongoing effort to create molecular animation content that is specifically tailored to the courses at St. George’s University
These animations focus on DNA transcription in Eukaryotic and Prokaryotic cells. Transcription is the process in which DNA is copied into a complementary RNA strand. Maxon Cinema 4D and Adobe After Effects were used to give a 3D look at the processes that occur inside cells.
Transcription in Eukaryotes
Transcription in Prokaryotes
The project was presented in the form of a Directed Learning Activity (DLA), which is provided to students for self-paced learning before their in person lecture as part of the flipped classroom model. You can learn more about the flipped classroom model here: flipped classrooms