TCB Hands-on Workshop in San Francisco

Welcome to the
Computational Biophysics Workshop at Pittsburgh

Department of Structural Biology
Biomedical Science Tower 3
Pittsburgh, PA
November 6-9, 2006

Modeling the molecular processes of biological cells is a craft and an art. Techniques like theoretical and computational skills can be learnt by training, but meaningful applications are achieved only with experience and sensitivity. The University of Pittsburgh Department of Structural Biology and the Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group offered a workshop, attempting to teach both the craft and art of modeling through learning by doing. Twenty participants attended the workshop held in Biomedical Science Tower 3, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Participants learned how to stretch proteins, pull water through molecular channels, mine genomic data, and study their favorite biomolecules. After lectures and discussions in the morning, afternoons were devoted to hands-on computer laboratories where participants delved into 200 pages of tutorials, in two computer labs, with machines humming with computational biology software, e.g., VMD and NAMD