Re: Announcement: 'Hands On' Workshop on Computational Biophysics (Berkeley, CA, Aug 3-7, 2015)

From: Emad Tajkhorshid (
Date: Wed May 20 2015 - 00:43:55 CDT

Dear Sourav,

These workshops are funded by the US National Institutes of Health, so we cannot do them outside the US, unless funding is provided by the host institution/country. We have done several workshops outside the US (e.g., multiple ones in Germany, Australia, Chile, and even China) with another one upcoming in the Fall in Denmark. But these are all funded by the host country. If you are aware of such funding mechanisms in India, we are very glad to pursue one there.

Best regards,
Emad Tajkhorshid, PhD
Professor of Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Biophysics,
Computational Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics Group
Department of Biochemistry, School of Molecular and Cellular Biology
Department of Pharmacology, College of Medicine
Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology and
Center for Biophysics and Computational Biology
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

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> On May 20, 2015, at 12:33 AM, Sourav Ray <> wrote:
> Organize some in India and China too, it is too expensive and almost difficult to get funds for training abroad.
> Regards
> Sourav
> On Wed, May 20, 2015 at 10:36 AM, Lela Vukovic < <>> wrote:
> The Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group, NIH Resource for Macromolecular Modeling and Bioinformatics ( <>) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ( <>), announces a
> "Hands-On" Workshop on Computational Biophysics
> <>
> to be held August 3-7, 2015 at the University of California Berkeley. Application, selection, and notification of participants is on-going through July 15, 2015.
> The workshop will explore physical models and computational approaches used for the simulation of biological systems and the investigation of their function at an atomic level. The course will be based on case studies, and will cover the following topics: using the biophysics software VMD and NAMD, applications of VMD and NAMD in modern research, force fi­elds and parameterizing new molecules, modeling nucleic acid systems, computational nano-bio, molecular dynamics flexible fitting of structures into cryo electron microscopy maps, and refinement of low resolution crystal structures. Relevant physical concepts, mathematical techniques, and computational methods will be introduced.
> The workshop is designed for graduate students and postdoctoral 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 24 participants. The workshop will be held August 3-7, 2015. All participants are required to bring their own laptop, prepared for use in workshop tutorial sessions. Course materials will be provided.
> The workshop is sponsored by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences ( <>) and the NIH Center for Macromolecular Modeling and Bioinformatics.
> We look forward to receiving your application!
> TCBG Workshop Organizers
> Email: <>

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