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Marc Dryer

Hons BA, MSc, MScBMC

Room 310, Health Sciences Complex


About Marc Dryer

Marc Dryer is a Senior Lecturer in the Biomedical Communications professional Masters degree program. His teaching and research is in the area of 3D biomedical visualization and animation. In addition, he is cross-appointed to the Forensic Science faculty at the University of Toronto where he engages in practical research concerning 3D forensic facial reconstruction and the visual communication of this unique type of data to the public.

Marc teaches in the 3D biomedical visualization field in the Biomedical Communications graduate program. He works with students to create visual narratives telling complex stories of science in a comprehensive and compelling way, addressing audience needs while respecting the accuracy of the content and the nuance in its communication. His teaching focus is on using technology in creative ways to educate and engage.

At the undergraduate level Marc teaches courses in forensic facial approximation, the visualization of anthropological data. Here again he looks to technological innovation to develop new means of communication complex data.

Research Interests

  • Animation in biology education
  • 3D biomedical visualization
  • Digital forensic facial reproduction
  • Attentive visual cues in biomedical animation
  • Archaeological illustration

Research Projects

  • Correcting Student Misconceptions in Biology Education: Animation and Active Learning
  • BioLEAP
    • The Biology Learning Engagement and Assessment Platform (BioLEAP) is a proposed environment for scaffolding student learning by establishing a learning community that integrates curriculum with scientific visualization and educational resources to promote self-directed learning in undergraduate biology.
    • Collaborative project with Prof. Michael Corrin (BMC, UTM), Prof. Jodie Jenkinson (BMC, UTM), and Prof. Fiona Rawle (Bio, UTM)
    • Funded through the Learning and Education Advancement Fund, 2016 – 2019 (University of Toronto)
  • Rediscovering Genetics: Animations and 3Dmodels in Learning and Instruction
    • A collaborative project between Biology (University of Toronto, Mississauga), Human Biology (University of Toronto, St. George), and Biomedical Communications to create a series of animations to address topics in the genetics curriculum in the Human Biology undergraduate program.
    • Collaborators: Maria Papaconstantinou (Human Biology, U of T), Prof. Michael Corrin (BMC, UTM), and Prof. Fiona Rawle (Bio, UTM)
    • Funded through the Instructional Technology Innovation Fund (University of Toronto)

Visual Media

View examples of Marc’s work in the Faculty section of our Showcase.

Marc also worked on the forensic facial reproduction from a female human skull with the Durham Regional Police. Visit the Durham Regional Police site for a description of the open investigation, and watch this video interview about forensic facial reproduction.


  • Pryce, H. and Dryer, M. 2012. “Archaeological visualization: using photogrammetry to capture and create 3D digital models of archaeological evidence”. Journal of Biocommunication 38; 11-16.
  • Dryer, Marc, and David Mazierski. 2009. Illustrating flaked stone artifacts using digital rendering techniques. Journal of Biocommunication 35 (2): 35-41.
  • Predy, Leslie, and Marc Dryer. 2009. Virtual Bronchoscopy: Using Game Design Techniques and Technology to Create an Interactive 3D Teaching Tool. Journal of Biocommunication 34 (3): 49 – 52.


  •  Medical Artists Association of Great Britain – Manchester, UK
    • Lecturer 3D Biomedical visualization graduate curriculum at the University of Toronto
  • Medical Artists Association of Great Britain – Manchester, UK
    • Panelist – Medical Art and its Role in Medical Education
  • Medical Artists Association of Great Britain – Manchester, UK
    • Workshop Instructor – 3D medical animation – scripting and simulation in Maya
  • Canadian Identification Society Conference, 2015
    • Forensic Facial Reconstruction in the Service of Police Investigation
  • Association of Medical Illustrators Annual Conference – Toronto, Canada
    • Visualizing Pain (co-presented with Dr. Mike Salter)
  • Philadelphia Science Festival – Visualizing the Body Beautiful
    • Cellular and molecular visualization and animation.
  • Success in forensic facial reconstruction: a case study
This lecture was delivered at the 23d annual Toronto Police Services Forensic Investigation Educational Seminar. In this presentation I described the successful outcome of a forensic facial reconstruction that led to the identification of human remains in a previously unsolved Toronto Police Services investigation.
  • Digital 3D Forensic Facial Reconstruction
    • This lecture was delivered at the 2009 annual Association of Medical Illustrators conference in Richmond, Virginia to an international audience of scientific visualization professionals and peers.
  • Digital Forensic Facial Reconstruction as an Aid to Police Investigation
    • This lecture was delivered at the Ontario Provincial Police Leading the Way to Excellence conference. This was an opportunity to educate the users of this type of scientific visualization about the process of its creation, and its various strengths and limitations.
  • Biomedical Communications: exploring the visual communication of science and medicine
This lecture was delivered with five of my Biomedical Communications colleagues. My section addressed the application of anatomical knowledge in forensic facial reconstruction.
  • Visual Effects in Biomedical Animation (co-presented with Eddy Xuan)
    • This lecture was delivered at the Association of Medical Illustrators Annual Conference in Bozeman, Montana. The AMI annual conference brings together scholars and students from the five accredited Biomedical Communications graduate programs in North America, and many of the working professionals in the field.
  • Ways of seeing: 3D Animation in Biomedical Communications
    • This lecture was delivered at the 48th Annual International Conference on Health & Science Communications. I was asked to discuss the curriculum of the Biomedical Communications graduate program at the University of Toronto, particularly the 3D visualization field for which I am responsible.

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