We regret to announce that the Lake Tahoe 2014 Hands-on Workshop has been cancelled. Many thanks to all those who applied. We are currently planning more workshops for later in 2014 and 2015.

NIH-sponsored Workshops on Theoretical and Computational Biophysics
Granlibakken Conference Center,
Tahoe City, CA, August 4-8

"Hands-on" Workshop on Computational Biophysics using VMD and NAMD at Lake Tahoe


The workshop will explore physical models and computational approaches used for the simulation of biological systems and the investigation of their function at an atomic level. The course will be 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, and signaling pathways. Relevant physical concepts, mathematical techniques, and computational methods will be introduced, including force fields and algorithms used in molecular modeling, molecular dynamics simulations on parallel computers and steered molecular dynamics simulations.

The workshop is designed for professional and academic researchers and students 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 will be followed by hands-on computer labs in the afternoon in which participants will be able to set up and run simulations. Those interested in attending must apply and be accepted into the workshop. Minority and underserved groups are encouraged to apply. Enrollment limited to 26 participants. All participants are required to bring their own laptop for use in workshop tutorial sessions. Registration fees and important dates are described below.

(see also workshops currently enrolling in Bremen and Pittsburgh)

Computational Biophysics Workshops

August 4-8, 2014

Granlibakken Conference Center
725 Granlibakken Road
Tahoe City, CA



K. Schulten (UIUC)
E. Tajkhorshid (UIUC)

Z. Luthey-Schulten (UIUC)




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Registration fee: $150 fee for students; $250 non-student academics; $350 all others; fee is non-refundable. Enrollment limited to 26 participants. Meals and course materials will be provided. Housing in double rooms available at the Granlibakken Conference Center*. Participants must pay their own housing and travel.

Significant Dates
Date (in 2014):
Application deadline for full consideration:
8:00 am CST on June 16
Selection and notification of participants by:
Ongoing through June 18
Confirmation of attendance by participants due by:
Two days after acceptance notice
Payment of workshop fee due by:
Five business days after confirmation
Housing block check-in date:
August 3
Housing block check-out date:
August 9

*Available housing is double-occupancy rooms at the Granlibakken Conference Center for workshop participants only, at a rate of $150 per person per night (tax included; $100 deposit required at time of booking, with reservations due by 7/3/2014 and full prepayment due by 7/20/2014). Those preferring any other arrangements (e.g., early arrival or late departure) are on their own to arrange and pay for their housing preferences.

Sponsors and acknowledgements:
National Institute of General Medical Sciences
NIH Center for Macromolecular Modeling and Bioinformatics (NIH 9P41GM104601)
NIH Hands-on Workshops on Computational Biophysics (NIH 1R25GM103771-01)
Promotional assistance by the Center for Computational Biology, U. California-Berkeley
Workshop adverstised in part via a posting to the Computational Chemistry List (
Last updated: February 17, 2014
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