TCB Hands-on Workshop in Urbana

Welcome to the
Computational Biophysics Workshop at Champaign, Illinois

iHotel and Conference Center
Champaign, IL
August 10-14, 2009


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.  This year, 21 participants attended the workshop held at the iHotel and Conference Center, and at the Beckman Institute in Champaign, Illinois.  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 over 630 pages of tutorials, on participant's personal laptops, humming with computational biology software, e.g., VMD and NAMD, installed for the workshop. Workshop supported by NIH P41-RR005969 "Resource for Macromolecular Modeling and Bioinformatics".