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Symposium 7: Computational modeling of biological and soft condensed matter systems


Jeffery G. Saven, University of Pennsylvania, USA

Wei Yang, Florida State University, USA

T.P. Straatsma, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA


Biological and soft-condensed matter systems exhibit order on many length scales and dynamics across a wide range of time scales. Of particular interest is the study of folding and self-assembly. The symposium will focus on how theory and computation may be used to better understand and engineer such systems. The emphasis will be largely on the novel molecular and materials properties of biopolymers, particularly assemblies of proteins and peptides, and on the extension of bio-inspired methods to abiotic polymers and other soft-matter materials.

List of topics:

  • Peptide self-assembly and characterization.

  • Materials biology and how nature’s materials may studied and engineered from a molecular perspective.

  • Theoretical methods for protein folding.

  • Single molecule biopolymer experiments.

  • Emerging methods for multiscale modeling of biopolymers and biosystems.

  • Theoretical methods for the design of biomacromolecular systems.

Contact Information of Symposium Organizers

Prof. Jeffery G. Saven

Department of Chemistry
University of Pennsylvania
231 South 34 Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6323, USA
Tel: (215) 573-6062
Fax: (215) 573-2112
E-mail: saven@sas.upenn.edu

Prof. Wei Yang

School of Computational Science and Chemistry Department
Florida State University
Dirac Science Library
Tallahassee, FL 32306-4120, USA
Tel: (850) 644-7909
Fax: (850) 644-0098
E-mail: wyang@scs.fsu.edu

Dr. T.P. Straatsma

Technical Group Lead and Laboratory Fellow
Computational Sciences and Mathematics Division
Computational Biology and Bioinformatics Group
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
P.O. Box 999, MS K7-90
Richland, WA 99352
Phone: (509) 375-2802 or (509) 372-4625
Fax: (509) 372-4720
Email: tps@pnl.gov