Dr. Sudha Chakrapani looks at how the brain communicates with different parts of the body at the nanoscale. In order to understand these neurotransmission processes and create more effective drugs to mitigate or inhibit them, one must clearly see structure: precisely how and where certain chemical signals are picked up and converted into electrical signals. Traditionally, researchers and students extrapolate into a 3-D world from 2-D images, however this can prove extremely difficult, especially for understanding relational depth. 

In the app developed by Dr. Chakrapani during her fellowship (HoloMolecule) users are able to select, display, and interrogate (i.e., scale and rotate) a molecule’s 3-D structural model and cryo-electron microscopy map in hologram form.


The IC Fellows Cohort is Provost-sponsored initiative since 2022 to expand CWRU's homegrown mixed reality (MR) educational programming throughout the university in ways that benefit learners. This one-year fellowship is free and open to all CWRU faculty and staff. Once selected, Fellows meet weekly at the IC to become fluent in the application and best practices of MR as a teaching tool and receive support in the design, build, and execution of customized MR applications.