Visual Analysis of Biomolecular Surfaces

  • Vijay Natarajan
  • Patrice Koehl
  • Yusu Wang
  • Bernd Hamann
Part of the Mathematics and Visualization book series (MATHVISUAL)


Surface models of biomolecules have become crucially important for the study and understanding of interaction between biomolecules and their environment. We argue for the need for a detailed understanding of biomolecular surfaces by describing several applications in computational and structural biology. We review methods used to model, represent, characterize, and visualize biomolecular surfaces focusing on the role that geometry and topology play in identifying features on the surface. These methods enable the development of efficient computational and visualization tools for studying the function of biomolecules.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vijay Natarajan
    • 1
  • Patrice Koehl
    • 2
  • Yusu Wang
    • 3
  • Bernd Hamann
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Computer Science and Automation Supercomputer Education and Research CentreIndian Institute of ScienceBangaloreIndia
  2. 2.Department of Computer Science Genome CenterUniversity of CaliforniaDavisUSA
  3. 3.Department of Computer Science and EngineeringThe Ohio State UniversityColumbusUSA
  4. 4.Institute for Data Analysis and Visualization Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of CaliforniaDavisUSA

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