Welcome to the
'Hands-On' Workshop on Computational Biophysics at Atlanta

Microelectronic Research Building
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, Georgia

March 21-25, 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 (co-sponsors listed below), attempting to teach both the craft and art of modeling through learning by doing.  A total of 52 participants attended the workshop at the Microelectronics Research Center on the Georgia Institute of Technology campus in Atlanta, Georgia.  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 700 pages of tutorials, on laptops humming with computational biology software, e.g., VMD and NAMD.

Co-sponsors of the workshop include the following organizations: NIH National Center for Research Resources, the NIH Resource for Macromolecular Modeling and Bioinformatics (NIH P41-RR005969), the Integrative BioSystems Institute at Georgia Tech, the Institute for Data and High Performance Computing at Georgia Tech, and the Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience at Georgia Tech.