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Frontiers in Biomolecular Sciences: From Molecules to Cells

Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany

07.Nov.2012 08:30
09.Nov.2012 13:00
3 Days
Lecture Hall PGI


To perform a specific function, biomolecules usually interact with many other molecules and often undergo large conformational changes. Structural changes at the molecular level can affect higher order structure and vice versa, as for example the mechanical properties of actin filaments are governed by the intricate details of the subunit interactions. Understanding this interplay between the molecular and cellular level is one of the grand challenges in biology, as this requires covering a wide range of length and time scales. Simulation and computational modeling are essential tools to address these challenges. Here, the interplay with experiments is crucial, in particular for the interpretation of experimental results and the integration of different experimental techniques.

This workshop will bring together both experimentalists and theorists with the goal of identifying and discussing the state-of-the-art and emerging techniques for the characterization of biomolecular structure and dynamics from the molecular to the cellular level. The workshop is on the one hand an opportunity for theorists to learn about the challenges, the limitations and the potential of a broad range of biology driven experiments, which should help to identify key questions where simulations can have a great impact on biomolecular research. On the other hand, the workshop is intended to encourage experimentalists to explore the potential of molecular or mesoscale simulations. The development of novel simulation techniques requires close interaction with the experiment to understand which properties of biomolecules and higher order structures are important, which approximations are justified, etc. The workshop is aimed to initiate and foster the interaction of theorists and experimentalists to eventually stimulate new simulation approaches.



Prof. Dr. Gerhard Gompper
Phone: +49 2461 61-4012
Fax: +49 2461 61-3180
email: g.gompper@fz-juelich.de