October 8, 2019
Invited talk: Stanford University
Janet will give a talk as part of the Department of Molecular & Cellular Physiology seminar series.
October 10-11, 2019
Department of Biochemistry Retreat
Janet is co-organizing the third annual Department of Biochemistry retreat, which will be held at the Lodges at Deer Valley.
November 1, 2019
The Animation Lab welcomes postdoctoral fellow Ann Liu!
November 1-2, 2019
Invited talk: Neuroscience Program Snowbird Symposium
Janet will give a talk as part of the annual symposium held by the University of Utah Interdepartmental Program in Neuroscience.
February 10, 2020
Invited talk: iMM, Lisbon
Janet will give the Monday lecture at the Instituto de Medicina Molecular (iMM) in Lisbon, Portugal.
March 28-30, 2020
Invited talk: Plant Cell Atlas Initiative
Janet will give a plenary talk at a 2-day workshop on the Plant Cell Atlas Initiative held by the Carnegie Institution for Science at Stanford.
April 24, 2020
Invited talk: UC Berkeley
Janet will give a talk as a graduate student-invited speaker as part of the Marian E. Koshland seminar series.
May 1, 2020
Invited talk: UT Southwestern
Janet will be the keynote speaker for the annual retreat of the Molecular Biophysics graduate program at UTSW.
June 3-6, 2020
Invited talk: EMBL/EMBO Symposium on Microtubules
Janet will give a perspective lecture at this meeting, which will be held at the EMBL Advanced Training Center in Heidelberg, Germany.
September 13-16, 2020
Invited talk: 9th International Conference on Electron Tomography
Janet will give a talk at the 9th international Conference on Electron Tomography, held in Egmond aan Zee in the Netherlands.
NEWS & PAST EVENTS
September 3, 2019
The Animation Lab welcomes undergraduate student Fangfei Ye, who will be doing a 6-month internship with the Lab.
August 16, 2019
Effective Communication in Science
Janet will give a short presentation as part of a panel at the Bioscience student retreat for the incoming Molecular Biology & Biological Chemistry first-year students at the University of Utah.
July 1-8, 2019
Physiology Course, Marine Biological Laboratory
Janet will participate as a visiting scholar in the Physiology Course at the Marine Biological Labs (Woods Hole, MA).
June 27-28, 2019
Structural Biology Related to HIV/AIDS Meeting
Grace will attend this meeting, held at the Natcher Center, NIH, and present the latest work on the Science of HIV project during the poster session.
June 3, 2019
Shraddha, Grace and Janet will hold a series of stop-motion animation workshops for Northwest Middle School students. See Shraddha’s writeup about STEAM Day here.
May 8-10, 2019
Invited talk: Visualization Conference at The Exploratorium
Janet will speak in a NSF-sponsored visualization conference at San Francisco’s Exploratorium.
April 15-19, 2019
As a TED Senior Fellow, Janet will attend the 2019 TED conference in Vancouver, BC. She will giving a short talk in the TED Unplugged session.
March 20-21, 2019
Invited talk: University of Toledo
Janet will give a keynote talk in the 2019 Graduate Research Forum at the University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences.
March 13, 2019
iBiology: Visual Communication in Biology
Janet gives a 3-part introduction to biological visualization for iBiology.
March 13-15, 2019
Invited talk: VIZBI
Janet will give a keynote talk at the 2019 VIZBI conference in Heidelberg.
March 11, 2019
Invited talk: EPN Grenoble
March 8, 2019
Invited talk: MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology
Janet will give a talk as part of LMB's seminar series.
March 6, 2019
Invited talk: MPI Dortmund
March 5, 2019
Invited talk: University of Würzburg
February 1, 2019
Invited talk: University of Toronto (canceled due to weather)
Janet will give a talk for the Department of Biology at the University of Toronto Mississauga.
January 31, 2019
Invited talk: Johns Hopkins University
Janet will give a talk as part of the Department of Cell Biology seminar series.
January 29, 2019
Invited talk: University of Oregon
Janet will give an evening talk as part of the BEseries.
January 16, 2019
The Animation Lab welcomes postdoc Shraddha Nayak!
January 14, 2019
Invited talk: University of Pennsylvania
Janet will give a talk for U. Penn's Cell & Molecular Biology Ph.D. program as a student-invited speaker.
December 17, 2018
Invited talk: Yale University
Janet will give a talk for the Yale Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry department as a student-invited speaker.
December 9, 2018
Janet will be presenting a poster and doing a live demonstration of Project Quroum at the 2018 annual meeting of the ASCB (San Diego, CA). Come to Poster B50 between 1:30-3:00pm on Sunday to learn more!
November 26-27, 2018
Department of Biochemistry Retreat
Janet is co-organizing the second annual Department of Biochemistry retreat, which will be held at the Lodges at Deer Valley.
November 14, 2018
Invited talk: Medical College of Wisconsin
Janet will give a talk in the Department of Biochemistry as the student-selected speaker at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.
October 19-21, 2018
Invited talk: UC Davis MCB Annual Retreat
Janet will give the plenary lecture at the annual retreat of the UC Davis Molecular and Cellular Biology training program, held at Sierra Camp at Fallen Leaf Lake.
October 16, 2018
Invisible Worlds Colloquium at AMNH
Janet will participate in a 1-day colloquium at the American Museum of Natural History (NYC) to explore possible scientific content for the Invisible Worlds theatre (opening in 2021).
October 15, 2018
The Animation Lab welcomes its first member, Grace Hsu!
October 15, 2018
Invited talk: Pennsylvania State University
Janet will give a keynote talk as part of a mini-meeting on "The Art of Cell Biology" held by the Center for Cellular Dynamics at Penn State.
October 8, 2018
Invited talk: University of Richmond
October 3-4, 2018
Invited talk: Conway Festival of Research
Janet will give a keynote talk as part of the 2018 annual Festival of Research at the Conway Institute, University College Dublin.
September 28, 2018
Invited talk: Oklahoma State University
Janet will give the annual Ewing Seminar on Bridging Biology and the Arts and Humanities.
September 24, 2018
Invited talk: Texas A&M
Janet will give a talk at the Texas A&M Institute of Biosciences and Technology's Technology Forum as part of the Distinguished Lecturer Series.
August 29, 2018
Invited talk: University of Colorado-Boulder
Janet will give a talk as part of the UC Boulder Department of Biochemistry seminar series.
July 31, 2018
Invited talk: Idaho INBRE Program
Janet will give the keynote scientific address at the 2019 INBRE Summer Research Conference in Moscow, Idaho.
May 28, 2018
Invited talk: Garvan Institute
Janet will give a presentation as part of the 2018 Leaders in Science and Society seminar series at the Garvan Institute.
May 16, 2018
ASCB Council Hill Day
Janet will go to Capital Hill to meet with members of the House of Representatives, the Senate and staff members as part of ASCB's Council Hill Day.
May 4, 2018
Invited talk: University of Oslo
Janet will give a talk as part of a monthly seminar series of the Oslo branch of the Norwegian Biochemical Society's Biological Interest Group (BIG).
April 26, 2018
A Cellular Biologist Animates the Life Cycle of HIV in this Hypnotic Video
In this TED Ideas blog post, Janet talks about the Science of HIV project, and the newly released full HIV life cycle animation.
April 24, 2018
Janet was interviewed by Regina Barber DeGraaf for the Spark Science podcast.
April 20, 2018
Janet will give a public talk as part of the Science Unwrapped series at Utah State University, on the theme of "Science of Art."
April 10-14, 2018
As a TED Senior Fellow, Janet will attend the 2018 TED conference in Vancouver, BC.
March 6, 2018
Invited Talk: Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Janet will give a talk as part of the graduate seminar series in the Department of Biology and Biotechnology.
March 5, 2018
Invited Talk: University of Massachusetts, Worcester
Janet will give a talk sponsored by the Center for Biomedical Career Development, the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology and the RNA Therapeutics Institute.
March 4, 2018
Invited Presentation: CROI
Janet will present her work on HIV at the annual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) in Boston, MA.
February 28 - March 1, 2018
Workshop on Support Systems for Scientists' Communication and Engagement
Janet will participate in this invitation-only workshop on scientific communication and engagement, sponsored by the Kavli, Moore, Packard and Rita Allen Foundations, and held at HHMI headquarters.
January 29, 2018
How Pixar's cartoon cheese led to a smarter view of science
Jennifer Bisset at CNET writes about molecular animation, with interviews with Janet, Gael McGill and Drew Berry.
December 4, 2017
Introducing: Project Quorum
Janet will be presenting a poster on Project Quroum at the 2017 annual meeting of the ASCB (Philadelphia, PA). Come to Poster B39 between 12-1:30pm on Monday to learn more!
December 3, 2017
Communicating Science through Visual Media
Janet and Sarah Goodwin (iBiology) have organized a session consisting of short talks and a discussion about science communication at the 2017 annual meeting of the ASCB (Philadelphia, PA).
October 25-27, 2017
Scientific Visualization Conference
Janet will present work at a conference organized by the American Museum of Natural History and the Centers for Computational Astrophysics and Computational Biology at the Flatiron Institute.
October 13, 2017
Janet will give a short talk during the School of Medicine Alumni Weekend (Post Theater, Fort Douglas).
October 10-11, 2017
Department of Biochemistry Retreat
Janet is co-organizing the first annual Department of Biochemistry retreat at the Silver Baron Lodge at the Deer Valley Resort.
October 9, 2017
This artist-scientist is making the invisible, visible
Janet is interviewed in Forbes' The Limit Does Not Exist podcast.
September 28-29, 2017
Molecular Animation Summit
Miriah Meyer (SCI, U of Utah) and Janet co-organize a small, invitation-only meeting to discuss the current state and future directions of molecular animation.
September 21, 2017
Brief but Spectacular
Janet is featured in a "Brief but Spectacular" segment on PBS Newshour.
August 27-30, 2017
TED Global 2017
As a TED Senior Fellow, Janet will attend the 2017 TED Global conference in Arusha, Tanzania.
August 6-11, 2017
Invited Talk: GRC on Visualization in Science & Education
Janet will give a plenary talk at this multidisciplinary Gordan Research Converence, to be held at Bates College, Maine.
June 29-30, 2017
Structural Biology Related to HIV/AIDS
Janet will present a poster at this annual meeting, held at NIH (Bethesda, MD).
June 7-9, 2017
TED Senior Fellows Salon
Janet will participate in the first TED Senior Fellows Salon at TED HQ in NYC.
May 4, 2017
Election to ASCB Council
Janet is elected to ASCB Council and will serve a three-year term beginning January 1, 2018.
April 24-28, 2017
As a TED Senior Fellow, Janet will attend the 2017 TED conference in Vancouver, BC.
April 3-7, 2017
Invited Talks: Visualizing Molecular Biology
Sponsored by the American Corners program of the American Embassy in Portugal, Janet will give a series of four talks in Portugal: Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa (April 4), Universidade NOVA de Lisboa (April 5), Universidade de Aveiro (April 6), and Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas Abel Salazar in Porto (April 7).
March 19-22, 2017
West Coast Protein Crystallography Workshop
Asilomar Conference Grounds, Pacific Grove, CA. Janet will give a talk about molecular visualization and communication in a workshop on "Making Molecular Movies" co-led by Tom Goddard (UCSF Chimera).
February 21, 2017
Invited Talk: University of Alabama at Birmingham
Janet will be giving a talk as part of a Visualizing Biology workshop.
December 6, 2016
Invited Talk: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
December 3, 2016
Invited Talk: ASCB Undergraduate Speaker (ASCB Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA)
In this discussion targeted towards undergrads, Janet will talk about her career path and the rewards and challenges of being a molecular animator.
November 14, 2016
Invited Talk: Vanderbilt University
Janet will give a talk as the student invited departmental seminar speaker for the Department of Biological Sciences.
October 25, 2016
Invited Talk: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Janet will give a talk as part of the Biology Department's seminar series.
October 21, 2016
Invited Talk: Visualizing Atomic Nature: Symposium on the Aesthetics of Molecular Representation
Janet will give a talk at a symposium held at Rutgers University.
October 3, 2016
Entrepreneurial Faculty Scholars Annual Retreat
Janet will give a short talk as part of the 4th Annual Entrepreneurial Faculty Scholars retreat at the Natural History Museum of Utah.
September 19-23, 2016
NASA/NSF Ideas Lab: Origins of Life
Janet will participate in an intensive five-day workshop held in Cambridge, MD focusing on understanding how life on Earth originated.
September 14, 2016
Women in Science Panel
Janet will participate in a panel Q&A organized by the Organization for Women Leaders in Science (OWLS) at the University of Utah.
September 5, 2016
Invited Talk: University of Helsinki
Janet will give a talk as part of the Viikki Monday Seminar series.
August 29, 2016
Interview with a Scientist: Janet Iwasa, Molecular Animator
Janet is interviewed for the NIGMS Biomedical Beat blog.
August 11, 2016
Invited Talk: University of Chicago
July 14, 2016
Talk for Summer Undergraduate Research Program
Janet will give a short talk to students participating in the University of Utah Summer Undergradate Research Program.
June 29, 2016
Invited Talk: University of Utah
Janet will discuss her career in this STEM Career Talk for Professional Development, sponsored by the University of Utah SACNAS chapter.
June 28, 2016
NOVA's Secret Life of Scientists
Janet is featured in the online video series by NOVA.
May 2-3, 2016
Visualization and Modeling of Cell Biology Workshop
Janet will chair and speak at a workshop with the Quantitative Cell Biology Network - held at the Salt Lake City Sheraton.
April 6, 2016
Invited Talk: University of California, Davis
March 10, 2016
Architecture of the Type IVa Pilus Machine
In collaboration with Grant Jensen's lab at Caltech, Janet developed animated molecular models show the mechanism of Myxococcus xanthus motility, described in this study. [Science magazine video] [PDF]
March 8, 2016
The Scientist as Illustrator
Janet's opinion article is published in a special issue on science communication in Trends in Immunology.
January 22, 2016
Invited Talk: Baylor College of Medicine
December 16-17, 2015
Invited Talk: Medicines of the Future
Janet will present her work at this Tech symposium held at Biogen (Cambridge, MA)
December 14, 2015
Book Launch Party, San Diego CA
Celebrating the release of Karp's Cell & Molecular Biology (8th edition) by Janet Iwasa and Wallace Marshall, hosted by Wiley & Sons.
November 17, 2015
Invited Talk: University of California, Berkeley
November 16, 2015
Invited Talk: University of California, San Francisco
November 9, 2015
Invited Talk: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
October 26, 2015
Faculty Research Seminar
Guest speaker for Biology 2870, University of Utah
October 22-24, 2015
Quantitative Biology of Cytoskeletal Mechanics Workshop
Janet will be attending the 4th workshop of the Quantitative Cell Biology Network - held in Chicago
October 19, 2015
Invited Talk: Iowa State University
Janet will be one of the keynote speakers at the Biological Structures & Systems Symposium
August 26 - 30 2015
TED Fellows Retreat
Asilomar Conference Grounds, Pacific Grove, CA
June 28 - July 1 2015
Invited Talk: New Biological Frontiers Illuminated by Molecular Sensors and Actuators
Biophysical Society Thematic Meeting, Taipei, Taiwan
June 18 - 19, 2015
Structural Biology Related to HIV/AIDS 2015
Natcher Conference Center, NIH. Bethesda, MD.
April 29 - May 2, 2015
Janet was chosen to participate in the TED Fellows SupporTED Collaboratorium in Birmingham, AL.
April 18, 2015
Invited Talk: F5 Festival
New York City
April 17, 2015
Invited Talk: University of Miami
April 13, 2015
ERDC Grant Awardee
Janet was awarded a grant to purchase a 3D printer to create tangible molecular models by the Educational Resource Development Council (ERDC).
April 10-12, 2015
Invited Talk: University of Toronto
Janet will be one of the keynote speakers at the 14th Chemical Biophysics Symposium (CBP).
April 1, 2015
Bringing Macromolecular Machinery to Life using 3D Animation
Janet's review article is published in Current Opinion in Structural Biology.
March 25-27, 2015
Invited Talk: VIZBI conference
Broad Institute, Boston, MA
January 22, 2015
Cool Videos: HIV in Action
Science of HIV animations and illustrations are featured in the NIH Director's Blog.
January 20-21, 2015
Invited Talk: Science in 3D
2015 NIAID Bioinformatics and Computational Biosciences Festival. Bethesda, MD.
January 1, 2015
WIRED Science Graphic of the Week
Janet's illustration of the ribosome/Rqc2 complex, to accompany a Science paper from the Frost lab (University of Utah/UCSF)is selected as the WIRED Science graphic of the week.
December 12, 2014
Scientific Computing & Imaging Institute (SCI), University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
December 11, 2014
University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
December 6-10, 2014
ASCB/IFCB Annual Meeting
Janet will be presenting a lightning talk and hosting a workshop on animation at the annual meeting for the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) in Philadelphia. Please come and meet me at any of the following events:
Molecular Flipbook: A new 3D animation software for cell & molecular biologists Lightning talk on Sunday, December 7, during the "Envisioning Educational change in the Digital Age" minisymposium (starting at 4pm, Room 116).
Molecular Flipbook workshop on Monday, December 8th at 11am-12pm, Room 117. Bring your laptop!
November 17, 2014
Foreign Policy's Leading Global Thinkers of 2014
Janet is named one of the 100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2014 by Foreign Policy magazine.
October 27, 2014
Educational Resource Development Council Presentation
Janet will present her work to members of the ERDC at the University of Utah.
October 22, 2014
Contemporary Animation Society Interview
Took part in an online interview with members of the Savannah College of Art & Design's Contemporary Animation Society.
October 21, 2014
Graduate & Advanced Lady Scientists (GALS) Seminar
FASB 303, 11am. University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
October 9, 2014
The Pioneering Spirit at the University of Utah
Janet takes part in a commercial featuring U of U pioneers.
October 6-10, 2014
Janet led a 5-day 3d animation workshop for art conservators at the University of Evora (Evora, Portugal).
August 7, 2014
How animations can help scientists test a hypothesis
Janet's TED talk at TED2014 is now viewable online!
June 15-20, 2014
Invited Talk: Gordon Research Conference on Lysosomes and Endocytosis
Proctor Academy, Andover, New Hampshire.
April 25-30, 2014
ASBMB Annual Meeting
Janet will be hosting a workshop on animation, presenting a poster and a short talk at the annual meeting for the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) in San Diego. Please come and meet me at any of the following events:
Molecular Animation poster on Sunday, April 27 at1:15pm, D366.
Careers in Scientific animation talk on Monday, April 28 at 4:10pm, during the session on Career Choices.
Molecular Flipbook workshop on Wednesday, April 29th at 12:30-1:30pm.
April 22, 2014
Biologists help create epic films on a micro scale
An article about Janet's work by Joao Medeiros in WIRED Magazine (UK).
March 17, 2014
Molecular Flipbook Beta 0.1 Launch
The Molecular Flipbook animation toolkit is officially launched during TED2014! Media links below.
Molecular Flipbook: A free, open source 3D animation toolkit designed for and by scientists
An interview with Even Orenstein from coolhunting.com
Tiny and beautiful worlds: Talking molecular animation with TED2014 Fellow Janet Iwasa
Janet is interviewed for the TED blog by Karen Eng
March 17-21, 2014
Janet will give a brief talk as a TED2014 Fellow at the TED2014 conference.
February 22, 2014
Invited Talk: TEDxWellesley College
November 19, 2013
Janet Iwasa is chosen as a TED2014 Fellow [link]
September 27, 2013
The artistic side of science
Janet is featured in a poster at the STEM Education Career Fair (Dulles Town Center, VA).
September 19, 2013
Invited talk: Structural Biology Interest Group, National Institutes of Health
September 9, 2013
Invited talk: 7th Horizons Career Fair in Life Sciences, Max Planck Insitute (Göttingen)
July 14-16, 2013
Workshop: The emerging intersection between the physical sciences and oncology
Attended a thinktank workshop at the Banbury Center at Cold Spring Harbor, sponsored by the USC Physical Sciences in Oncology Center.
March 18, 2013
Crossing animation with molecules creates a whole new field
A University of Utah Health Sciences blog post by Peta Owens-Liston describing Janet's animation work and planned collaborations.
March 1, 2013
Scientist uses 3-D animation to study cells, viruses
Janet Iwasa is interviewed by Ed Yeates from KSL TV about molecular animation and her new project on visualizing HIV.
February 21, 2013
Molecular animation presentation at The Leonardo Museum
Janet Iwasa gives a public presentation about molecular animation during a month-long exploration of animation at The Leonardo Museum.
January 1, 2013
Janet Iwasa joins the Biochemistry Department at the University of Utah
December 17, 2012
ASCB Working Group: From Histograms to Animations: Effective Visualizations Makes Complex Data Clear.
This interactive working group session at the 2012 ASCB Annual Meeting focused on how to create effective data visualizations using a variety of tools. Janet Iwasa (co-chair), Graham Johnson (co-chair) and Bang Wong presented.
December 15-19, 2012
ASCB² Art Gallery at the 2012 ASCB Annual Meeting, curated by Graham Johnson and Janet Iwasa
: Interview with Graham Johnson (UCSF), about the ASCB² Art Exhibit at the annual meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology.
: President's Column written by Janet Iwasa and Graham Johnson about the art exhibit and working group in the October 2012 ASCB Newsletter.
Fast Company: 100 Most Creative People
Janet Iwasa is listed in Fast Company Magazine's 100 Most Creative People in 2012.
January 11, 2012
Invited talk: Bauer Forum, Harvard University
January 9, 2012
Invited talk: Williams College
September 17, 2011
Janet Iwasa Makes 3-D Movies about Molecules
An interview with Beth Lebwohl of EarthSky.
September 14, 2011
Biomedical Illustration: From monsters to molecules
Lok C. Nature. 2011 Sep 15;477(7364):359-61.
Scientific animators are borrowing tools from Hollywood to breathe life into cells and molecules on screen.
iBioMagazine: Animating Cell Biology
Janet Iwasa gives a video presentation on molecular animation for iBioMagazine.
April 17, 2011
Invited talk: EPFL (Lausanne)
April 13, 2011
Invited talk: Die Angewandte (Vienna)
March 28, 2011
Invited talk: Emory University
November 15, 2010
Molecular Animation: Where Cinema and Biology Meet
An article in the New York Times, by Erik Olsen, for which Janet Iwasa was interviewed.
June 19-23, 2010
Workshop: Visualizing Molecular & Cellular Processes with 3D Animation
Co-organizers Janet Iwasa and Filipe Santo Silva held an intensive five-day workshop at IPATIMUP (Porto, Portugal) to give participants hands-on training in 3D animation software. During the course, participants designed and completed a short scientific animation on a subject of their choosing.
May 24-28, 2010
NSF Ideas Lab: Innovations in Biological Imaging and Visualization
Participated in an intensive four-day workshop held by the NSF focusing on overcoming the challenges of the visual representation of complex biological images and data.
March 29, 2010
15th Annual Symposium on Biotechnology Education at the Museum of Science
Speakers Janet Iwasa (HMS), Gael McGill (HMS) and Bang Wong (MIT) described technologies used in modern scientific visualizations, such as 3-D animation software, that allow us to “see” what can’t be seen.
December 11, 2009
Invited talk: College de France (Paris)
December 11, 2009
Hollywood Gives Biologists a Helping Hand
A story in Nature News by Monya Baker covering the ASCB subgroup on 3D visualization (below).
December 9, 2009
ASCB Subgroup: Exploring Cell Biology at the Frontier of 3D VIsualization
Special interest subgroup session on visualization at the 2012 annual meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology, organized by co-chairs and speakers Janet Iwasa and Drew Berry.
ASCB Profile: Janet Iwasa
Janet Iwasa is interviewed for the ASCB Profile section in the monthly newsletter for the American Society for Cell Biology.
January 28, 2009
Visualizing Life's Origins
Janet Iwasa is a guest author in Science Magazine's Origins Blog.