Molecular Illustration on how HIV attaches to a host cell.


Medical Students, Molecular Pharmacology


Understanding the viral life cycle and its interplay with the immune system is important to finding novel strategies for attack. The HIV surface glycoprotein gp160, composed of gp120 and gp41, is the virus’ “key” for entry into the CD4 lymphocyte. The virus’ initial engagement with the CD4 cell is attachment of gp120 to the CD4 molecule on the cell surface. Using the protein data base, I was able to use accurate 3D structures of the proteins. 


  • Z Brush 
  • Autodesk 3Ds Max 
  • Adobe Photoshop 
  • Protein Data Base 
  • VMD 

Process Work

A series of storyboards were created to help visualize the story. 

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