Welcome to the
Computational Biophysics Workshop at Pittsburgh

National Resource for Biomedical Supercomputing
Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center
Pittsburgh, PA
May 16-20, 2011


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 offered a workshop, sponsored by the National Resource for Biomedical Supercomputing, attempting to teach both the craft and art of modeling through learning by doing.  This year, 25 participants attended the workshop held at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Participants learned how to stretch proteins, pull water through molecular channels, mine genomic data, and study biomolecules.  After morning lectures and discussions, afternoons were devoted to hands-on computer laboratories where participants delved into over 500 pages of tutorials, in a PSC computer lab humming with computational biology software, e.g., VMD and NAMD, installed for the workshop. Workshop supported in part by NIH P41-RR005969 "Resource for Macromolecular Modeling and Bioinformatics".