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Dr John McGhee practicing 3D CGI artist, researcher and senior lecturer based at the College for Fine Arts, University of New South Wales. He has a background in design and 3D computer arts research.
His visual practice explores arts-led modes of visualising complex scientific and biomedical data using the 3D CGI techniques used in the visual effects and animation industries. John's academic research builds on this theme - which was the basis for my doctoral thesis - and has since resulted in a variety of collaborative projects across the visual arts and sciences.
His research investigates new modes of visualising complex data - such as MRI, CT and microscopy data - using 3D computer animation techniques. The work investigates through practice the emergent ways of working across art & science. This research provides methods of engaging the public with complex scientific data such as MRI during their interactions with healthcare professionals. This research has resulted in the creation of 3D computer visualisation strategies that facilitate visual dialogue between patients and healthcare professionals. Examples include projects in clinical imaging, microscopy, asthma care and infection control, with a view to improved models of working between artists, patients, the public and healthcare professionals.
In academic terms, his research portfolio is becoming well established, with two significant research grants secured as Co-Investigator. These include the UK based Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and government bodies such the National Health Service (NHS) and Chief Scientist Office (CSO). In all cases I lead the design research component in these multi-disciplinary projects.