Computational biophysics on your desktop: is that possible?

International workshop

3 - 6 September 2018
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Venue: Department of Humanities, via T. Gar, 14 Trento - room 001

Numerical simulations of biomolecules such as proteins and nucleic acids (DNA and RNA) constitute a prominent research area, whose progress has been made possible by the impressive employment of massive computational resources with sophisticate parallel architectures. At the same time, these 'super-computers' have created the general impression that any significant advancement in the field requires such computational endeavors. Super-computers are not always at our disposal: in most cases, their access is regulated by calls that may require even six months before computational time is effectively allocated. 

In this direction, there has been a recent outbreak of alternative numerical strategies (coarse-graining methods, adaptive resolution methods, simplified force fields, variational approaches) pursuing the goal of studying many different systems at varying levels of accuracy with limited computational resources. These strategies are not always intended for biomolecules: some tools were derived in hydrodynamics studies, others in polymer physics and/or soft matter, in general. However, it is important to establish a cross-fertilization between these fields and computational biophysics.

This is exactly the idea behind this workshop: to bring together prominent scientist in this exciting research area, with the aim to set up a collaborative effort towards the development of computational biophysics on a single desktop computer. Topics will include: large scale methods for polymers and biopolymers, protein structure and function, protein assemblies, drug design, protein-DNA interactions, RNA folding.

Detailed information will be available at this page.


Gianluca Lattanzi - University of Trento - Physics Dept., Italy
Angelo Rosa - International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA), Trieste, Italy
Raffaello Potestio - University of Trento - Physics Dept., Italy