Hands-on Workshop on Computational Biophysics 2013

Workshop dates: June 10-14, 2013

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This workshop was presented by members of the BTRC Center for Multiscale Modeling of Biological Systems from the University of Pittsburgh and the members of the Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group (www.ks.uiuc.edu) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It covered a wide range of physical models and computational approaches for the simulation of biological systems including ProDy, NAMD and VMD.

The course was based on case studies including the properties of membranes and membrane proteins, mechanisms of molecular motors, trafficking in the living cell through water and ion channels, signaling pathways and druggability simulations. Relevant physical concepts, mathematical techniques, and computational methods were introduced, including force fields and algorithms used in molecular modeling, molecular dynamics simulations on parallel computers, elastic network models, and steered molecular dynamics simulations.



The workshop was designed for students and researchers in computational and/or biophysical fields who seek to extend their research skills to include computational and theoretical expertise, as well as other researchers interested in theoretical and computational biophysics. Theory sessions in the morning were followed by hands-on computer labs in the afternoon in which students were able to set up and run simulations. Participants were encouraged to bring their own laptop (laptop requirements) for use in workshop tutorial sessions but computer workstations were also available.

Workshop agenda

Workshop Instructors:

Klaus Schulten (UIUC)
Emad Tajkhorshid (UIUC)
Ivet Bahar (Univ. of Pittsburgh)
Timothy Lezon (Univ. of Pittsburgh)
Ahmet Bakan (Univ. of Pittsburgh)

Registration fee for accepted participants*: $100 fee for students; $200 non-student academics; $300 all others. The fee is non-refundable. Housing in double rooms* at the University of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Residence Hall and all course materials will be provided. The workshop can neither fund nor arrange participant travel.

Due to space constraints, the workshop will be limited to 25 participants. Please contact Pat Sudac, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for any questions.

*Workshop provides double-occupancy room housing for workshop participants only. Those preferring a single room or any other arrangements (e.g., early arrival or late departure) need to arrange and pay for their own housing. Participants are responsible for any incidental charges related to their stay in the residence hall. Visa or waiver holders must provide documentation of their status so that hotel costs can be covered. Please consult our visa page for more information.