NIH-sponsored Workshops on Theoretical and Computational Biophysics
Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, Pittsburgh, PA, June 1-5, 2015

"Hands-on" Workshop on Computational Biophysics at Pittsburgh

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This workshop will be presented by members of the Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and members of the BTRC Center for Multiscale Modeling of Biological Systems from the University of Pittsburgh . It will cover a wide range of physical models and computational approaches for the simulation of biological systems including VMD, NAMD and ProDy. The course will be based on case studies including the properties of mechanical 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 will be introduced, including force fields and algorithms used in molecular modeling, molecular dynamics simulations on parallel computers, elastic network models, and computational nano-biology. Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptop for use in workshop tutorial sessions but computer workstations are also available.

The workshop is 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 will be followed by hands-on computer labs in the afternoon in which students will be able to set up and run simulations. Enrollment limited to 25 participants.

(see also workshop currently enrolling in Lake Tahoe)

Computational Biophysics Workshops

June 1-5, 2015

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center
300 S. Craig Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213



K. Schulten (UIUC)
Z. Luthey-Schulten (UIUC)

I. Bahar (U. Pittsburgh)
T. Lezon (U. Pittsburgh)
C. Chennubhotla (U. Pittsburgh)






General Questions:

Registration fee*: $150 fee for students; $250 non-student academics; $350 all others; fee is non-refundable. Enrollment limited to 25 participants. Housing in double rooms* at the University of Pittsburgh Ruskin Hall and all course materials will be provided. The workshop can neither fund nor arrange participant travel.

Significant Dates
Date (in 2015):
Application deadline for full consideration:
Monday, May 4, 2:00 pm EST
Selection and notification of participants by:
Ongoing through May 6
Confirmation of attendance by participants due by:
Two days after acceptance notice
Payment of workshop fee due by:
Five business days after confirmation
Housing check-in date:
May 31
Housing check-out date:
June 5

*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) are on their own to arrange and pay for their housing preferences. Participants are responsible for any incidental charges related to their stay in the hotel. Visa or waiver holders must provide documentation of their status so that hotel costs can be covered.

The workshop will be held at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center on the University of Pittsbugh campus and is sponsored by:
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)
NIH Center for Multiscale Modeling of Biological Systems (NIH P41 GM103712)
The Blue Waters System at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois

Workshop advertised in part via a posting to the Computational Chemistry List (
Last updated: May 28, 2015
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