Computational Biophysics Workshop - Talca, Nov. 14-16, 2006
Welcome to the
Computational Biophysics Workshop at the University of Talca
Centro de Bioinformática y Simulación Molecular
November 14-16, 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 Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group offered a workshop, attempting to teach both the craft and art of modeling through learning by doing. Forty participants attended the workshop held at the University of Talca in Talca, Chile, and sponsored by the Centro de Bioinformática y Simulación Molecular (CBSM), the Centro de Genomica y Bioniformatica, and Fondecyt. Participants learned how to simulate biological and synthetic membrane channels, stretch proteins, make publication quality images and movies, and study their favorite biomolecules. After lectures and discussions in the morning, afternoons were devoted to tutorials providing hands-on experience with lecture concepts, in prepared computers labs installed with needed computational biology software, e.g., VMD and NAMD.