Feb 12 – 16, 2024
EPN Campus
Europe/Paris timezone

VTX: High-performance molecular structure and dynamics visualization

Feb 12, 2024, 2:55 PM
IBS seminar room (EPN Campus)

IBS seminar room

EPN Campus

71 avenue des Martyrs 38000 Grenoble


Matthieu Montes (Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers)


Molecular visualization is a critical task usually performed by structural biologists and bioinformaticians to aid three processes that are essential in science and fundamental to understand structural molecular biology: synthesis, analysis and communication [1].
Here we present VTX, a molecular visualization software that includes a real-time high-performance molecular graphics engine dedicated to the visualization of the structure and dynamics of massive molecular systems. VTX disposes of an interactive camera system controllable via the keyboard and/or mouse that includes different modes: 1. a classical trackball mode where the camera revolves around a fixed focus point and 2. a first-person free-fly navigation mode where the user fully controls the movement of the camera. VTX includes an intuitive and highly usable graphical user interface and tools designed for expert and non-expert users. It is free for non-commercial use at http://vtx.drugdesign.fr

[1] Olson, AJ. Perspectives on structural molecular biology visualization: from past to present. J Mol Biol (2018) ; 430(21): 3997–4012.

Submitting to: Integrative Computational Biology workshop

Primary authors

Dr Maxime Maria (Université de Limoges) Mr Simon Guionnière (Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers) Mr Nicolas Dacquay (Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers) Mr Cyprien Plateau-Holleville (Université de Limoges) Mr Yassine Naimi (Qubit Pharmaceuticals SAS) Prof. Jean-Philip Piquemal (Sorbonne Université) Dr Guillaume Levieux (Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers) Matthieu Montes (Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers)

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