The National Center for Multiscale Modeling of Biological Systems (MMBioS) will develop tools to advance and facilitate cutting-edge research at the interface between high performance computing technology and the life sciences. Our overarching biological goal is the predictive multi-scale modeling of the spatiotemporal organization and evolution of neurosignaling systems and events. The advances made here will impact the research activities of a broad group of scientists, from molecular and structural biologists to cell and systems biologists. These advances will also facilitate the translation of basic tools to biomedical and clinical research by establishing and then disseminating a computational framework which integrates theory with experiment, and models with methods originating from different disciplines.
We are building on the unique state-of-the-art technology and methods at the forefront of molecular and cellular modeling that have been developed at our partner sites. Rapid advances in experimental technologies which are enabling the study of events ranging from single molecule dynamics to tissue level organization are also creating multi-scale modeling challenges. We will address these emerging challenges, including high performance computing, data storage and networking needs.