Check out the Digital STEAM Project Visualize a Virus! http://curriculum.autodesk.com/student/public/Level2/overview/project_id/22 and use the Molecular Maya Toolkit!
The Autodesk Research team http://www.autodeskresearch.com/groups/nano has been driving a number of initiatives to study how Maya can benefit the synthetic biology and nanotechnology industries through collaboration with academic institutions and researchers. Maya is being used within the life and material sciences to create stunning visual simulations of molecular structures and behaviors.
Through this initiative, Autodesk recently sponsored the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) 2011 event-http://2011.igem.org/Jamborees an undergraduate Synthetic Biology competition, where teams build biological systems that are designed to advance the research of solutions for issues in sectors ranging from health and medicine to the environment, food, and energy.
It was great to find out that many teams at iGEM were keen to use Maya to create molecular visualizations to help communicate and analyze the nano-level interaction within their research. We’ve summarized a few of the projects which we received in order to highlight them to the Autodesk Education community.
You can also take a look at some of the work that has been created by leading bio-medical animators at the MolecularMovies website. The site also provides the Molecular Maya toolkit http://www.molecularmovies.com/toolkit/ , an extension developed by Dr. Gael McGill to import scientific data into Maya to design accurate protein and molecular structures.