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Rikke Schmidt Kjærgaard


Current position: PhD, Associate professor, Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center - INANO-MBG, iNANO-huset, Aarhus University, Denmark

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During her JCS Junior Fellowship, Associate Professor Rikke Schmidt has been working on the project "Interdisciplinary visual approaches to molecular and nanoscale data analysis". 

AIAS project

The rapid increase of molecular and nanoscale data in contemporary science has produced an urgent need for developing new visual frameworks and tools to explore, analyze and communicate data. The unprecedented scale, resolution, and variety of data pose new analytical challenges. New methods and design frameworks are needed to take on complex subjects such as dynamics and supramolecular assembly, and to accommodate a need of interacting with data from different sources and on different levels of time and scale.

It is impossible to understand the functional mechanisms, internal motions, and how cellular signals affect the response of protein molecules from crystal structures at different static states only. While the field of integrating and improving visualization tools and experimental data is still very much in its infancy, this research project combines usability, multi-scale representation, design and visual analysis, exploring new ways of providing bio-nanoscience with integrated frameworks and improved visualizations from which scientists can gain insights into molecular processes.

Visualization research improves our analytical power and prepares for the tremendous riches of data being generated. The key objectives for this research project are to produce a new graphic standard framework for molecular and nanoscale science; and to develop exploratory 3D animations specific for bio-nanoscience data analysis using high-end 3D software initially developed for the art and entertainment industry.

Short bio

Rikke Schmidt Kjærgaard was a Jens Christian Skou Junior Fellow at AIAS. She received her PhD in science communication in 2008 from Aarhus University and has held postdoctoral fellowships at the MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit at Cambridge University and at Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA, USA. She became field editor of Visual Studies Dissertation Reviews at Stanford University in 2011. In 2012, she was elected Junior Fellow of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters.