NIH-sponsored Workshop on
Theoretical and Computational Biophysics
Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center
Pittsburgh, PA, May 21 - 25 , 2018

"Hands-on" Workshop on Computational Biophysics at Pittsburgh, PA

Eckleburg's Chemical Eyes - C. Keith Cassidy

This workshop will cover a wide range of physical models and computational approaches for the simulation of biological systems at multiple scales, using cutting edge technology including ProDy, NAMD, VMD, iGNM, and ANM. 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, 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 steered molecular dynamics simulations.

It will be presented by members of the NIH Center for Macromolecular Modeling & Bioinformatics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the National Center for Multiscale Modeling of Biological Systems (MMBioS) from the University of Pittsburgh.

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.

Computational Biophysics Workshops

May 21 - May 25, 2018

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



Ivet Bahar (U. Pittsburgh)
Emad Tajkhorshid (UIUC)
João Ribeiro(UIUC)





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 quad or triple-occupancy apartment and all course materials will be provided. The workshop can neither fund nor arrange participant travel.

Significant Dates
Date (in 2018):
Early Application Deadline:
April 1
Application Deadline for Full Consideration:
April 15
Confirmation of attendance and workshop fee payment by participants due by:
Two days after acceptance notice

*Workshop provides triple or quad-occupancy apartment housing at the University of Pittsburgh's apartment-style residence hall. If you wish to pay for hotel accommodations, information on local hotels will be available here soon. For more information please visit MMBioS workshop webpage.

The workshop will be held at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and is sponsored by:
National Institute of General Medical Sciences
NIH Center for Macromolecular Modeling and Bioinformatics (NIH P41GM104601)
NIH Hands-on Workshops on Computational Biophysics (NIH 1R25GM103771-01)
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: March 14, 2018
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