The Team


Founder of Vivomotion, Dr. Mhairi Towler, integrates a background in science with animation skills in order to use visual and 3D methodologies to communicate science more effectively. Mhairi gained a degree in Biochemistry and a PhD in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of Dundee. She then carried out postdoctoral work both in the USA and Dundee in varying fields such as cell biology and human physiology.  During this time she also completed a postgraduate certificate in teaching and learning in higher education and while studying for this recognised the importance of the visual as a cognitive tool.  During her time as a scientist she became involved in several “Sci-Art” projects and collaborating with artists gave her an insight into the art world that inspired her and influenced her career aspirations with the ultimate goal of becoming a scientific visualisation practitioner. She went on to study a Masters in Animation and Visualisation at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in order to pursue this goal, and Vivomotion was born!


Fraser Murdoch has a background in general animation and holds a degree from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Animation.    He directs, co-directs and writes/co-writes his own films as part of his ongoing practice, and works with many film makers, from many cultural backgrounds, in and around Dundee. He also generalises as a freelance painter/artist and animator, among other creative disciplines.  In addition, Fraser is interested in enterprise and undertook training with The Enterprise Gym at Dundee University in 2011/2012.  As of September 2012, Fraser is studying for a Masters of Science (M.Sc.) in Animation and Visualisation at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee – specialising in compositing ( Fraser contributes to the creative vision of Vivomotion projects raising the quality of the outputs to a high standard, but works primarily as a compositor/renderer, similar to his role in Mhairi’s M.Sc. where he helped with compositing and rendering and ultimately in the completion of the film ‘Chromonema’.

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Sarah Dargie is an architecture and animation graduate with a background in Graphic Design and English. Having recently completed an M.Sc. in Animation and Visualisation at Duncan of Jordanstone she is currently aspiring to be a designer/animator while working on a range of personal and freelance work.  She is available for any extra work, is not afraid of a challenge and likes interesting work, great company and coffee!  Sarah created and narrated the wonderful animated film for the approach we take to making animations at Vivomotion (see Approach).


Dr. Francesco Rao was awarded his BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry from the University of Edinburgh in 2001. This was followed by a Masters and Industrial CASE PhD (with Syngenta) in Structural Biology at the University of Dundee. In 2007, Francesco received an EMBO and Michael Smith fellowships to carry out postdoctoral studies in the lab of Professor Stephen Withers and Professor Natalie Strynadka at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. Francesco returned to Europe upon receiving a FEBS fellowship and a Marie Curie International Re-Intergration grant. Francesco has extensive experience in molecular visualisation and animation.

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