Biomedical Animations

Drew Berry is a biomedical animator at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne, Australia. His scientifically accurate and aesthetically rich visualizations are elucidating cellular and molecular processes for a wide range of audiences. His animations have been shown in exhibitions, multimedia programs and television shows, and have received international recognition including an Emmy (2005) and a BAFTA Award (2004).

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I create biomedical animations that combine cinema and science to reveal the microscopic worlds inside our bodies.

My career began in cell biology and microscopy at The University of Melbourne. I have used this knowledge to bring a rigorous scientific approach to every topic, immersing myself in relevant research and current data to ensure the frontier of human discovery is authentically reconstructed.

Since 1995, I have worked as a biomedical animator at the institute. My animations have exhibited at the Guggenheim Museum, Museum of Modern Art, the Royal Institute of Great Britain and the University of Geneva.



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written by björk
director: drew berry
producer: max whitby, touch press

2011 wellhart ltd / one little indian ltd / nonesuch records / universal music operations ltd

The video for hollow was created by drew berry for the biophilia hollow app, where you can also play with dna time signatures. Download the app:


Body Code

Body Code is a selection of biomedical animations that explore the human body at the microscopic and molecular scale. Body Code was designed for museum and art gallery exhibition, with the goal of reaching public audiences who do not usually seek out or are exposed to the details of scientific knowledge. Since inception in 2003, these animations have exhibited in over 30 museums and art galleries around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art (USA), Museum of Design (Germany), Centre Pompidou (France), Shanghai Zendai Museum of Modern Art (China), Art Center Nabi (Korea) and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (Australia).


Cell death (apoptosis), inspired by The Shining and Alien.

This animation explores Fas signal transduction pathway that induces apoptosis. The animation was published in the journal Science (Molecular Animation of Cell Death Mediated by the Fas Pathway, Sci. STKE 2007 (380).


White Night

Virus one billion times by Drew Berry and Franc Tetaz, 2014

For White Night Melbourne 2014 the State Library of Victoria’s domed reading room was transformed into a vast microscope with a magnifying power of one billion times. At this magnification an infectious virus, which is usually an unimaginably small 30 nano-meters across, becomes enlarged by the dome lens into a giant 30 meter geometric molecular ball hovering overhead. Entering the room the audience becomes enveloped inside the twitchy, brownian world of molecules that writhe across the walls and cling to bookshelves with electrostatic life.

All of the molecular structures have been built to scale at one billion times magnification, using the raw scientific data from X-Ray crystallography.

The artwork examines eight different types of human virus in ultra-high resolution detail. Every two minutes the room switches to a different type of virus, including herpes, influenza, HIV, polio and smallpox. Depending on the type of virus and the way it stores its genetic code, long snaking coils of DNA or its more ancient cousin, RNA, grip and slide across the walls like agitated Chinese dragons.

Mutating the nature of the room into a genetic library, the bookshelves are illuminated with the genome code from each type of virus. The scrolling text is written in with the four letters which encode all life on Earth: G, A, C and T.


All images and videos courtesy of Drew Berry

More videos by Drew Berry can be found here

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