Welcome to the
'Hands-on' Workshop on Computational Biophysics at Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

June 10-14, 2013

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 Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group and the National Center for Multiscale Modeling of Biological Systems from the University of Pittsburgh offered a workshop, attempting to teach both the craft and art of modeling through learning by doing.  A total of 27 participants attended the workshop at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Participants learned how to stretch proteins, pull water through molecular channels, mine genomic data, and study biomolecules. After lectures and discussions in the morning, afternoons were devoted to hands-on computer laboratories where participants delved into tutorials, at prepared workstations or on their own laptops, humming with computational biology software, such as VMD, NAMD, and ProDy. Workshop supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health, "Center for Macromolecular Modeling and Bioinformatics" (NIH 9P41GM104601), and the National Center for Multiscale Modeling of Biological Systems (NIH P41 GM103712).