Animation of the HIV Life Cycle

Illustration of a cross-section of HIV.

Atomically accurate molecular animations provide a unique opportunity for generating and testing new mechanistic hypotheses and promoting scientific communication and public outreach. Iwasa is a leader in the creation of sophisticated, dynamic 3D visualizations of biological processes. In 2018, she completed and released a molecular animation of the entire HIV life cycle (, which was featured at the International Conference on Retroviral and Opportunistic Infections (CROI March 2018).

Our NIH P50 CHEETAH Center sponsors this work and as additional data become available, the animation website will be updated to include additional animations that illustrate how antiretroviral therapies work, how a cure might be achieved, how innate immune restriction factors block HIV replication, and the history of HIV research and treatment in Utah.

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