The Sleepy Molecule: Melatonin
This mock Scientific American spread focuses on melatonin synthesis, melatonin’s effects on circadian rhythms and how melatonin binds with receptors to trigger a series of cellular events.
Educated lay audience
Prof. Derek Ng
2 page spread, Print
3D Protein Imaging
I first conducted a media audit of the existing visual graphics on the cellular mechanisms of melatonin. I then acquired the structural information for melatonin and melatonin receptors using Protein Data Bank (PDB).
From several thumbnails I produced, I chose the last layout so the information flows logically between each section, from melatonin synthesis to melatonin binding to downstream cellular mechanisms.
2D assets were created using Procreate. The molecular structures (MT1, MT2, Phospholipase C, G-proteins, Adenylyl cyclase) were isolated and edited using VMD and USCF Chimera. They were then exported to Maya for compositing and rendering. A lipid bilayer was created using Blender.