Video game opens up drug discovery to non-scientists

Jonathan Fine, Jordan McGraw, Gaurav Chopra, Wei Zhang, and George Takahashi

Jordan McGraw, a first-year graduate student in computer graphics technology, helped design a virtual reality video game which allows a player to potentially discover a new treatment for diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer's.

McGraw's project is part of work being done by Gaurav Chopra, an assistant professor of chemistry, to engage the public in scientific discovery through virtual reality, even when players have little knowledge of chemistry.

“We focused on virtual reality mainly because VR gives you a really intuitive sense of manipulation and in the field of drug design being able to visualize data is really important,” said McGraw.

Read the full Purdue news release.