Telluride School on Biomolecular Structure and Dynamics: Theory and Experiment

This seven-day TSRC Summer School is organized by Arthur G. Palmer III of Columbia University Medical Center and John E. Straub of Boston University. The Summer School will be convened for the first time 24 to 31 July 2017. The Summer School will be followed, during the period 31 July to 4 August 2017, by the five-day Protein Dynamics workshop in which invited speakers who are experts in the field will present their latest research.

School Description

Theoretical and computational models of biomolecular systems are increasingly predictive, providing the opportunity to qualitatively interpret and quantitatively characterize the results of experiment. Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy has emerged as a major technique for the characterization of protein structure and dynamics, providing the opportunity in turn to benchmark and validate computational models. This Summer School will present state-of-the-art computational and experimental techniques for the study of biomolecular dynamics, emphasizing the synergy between theory, computation, and experiment. Students will develop an appreciation for the nature and scope of each technique.

School Format

This summer school is designed for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows (with a preference for graduate students) from computational or experimental research groups who seek to develop an understanding of computation and NMR spectroscopy, including capabilities and limitations. Ten lectures will be delivered by leading experts in the field of computational and experimental studies of protein dynamics. Lectures will be paired with small-group problem-solving sessions, and discussions of current literature in which students will be challenged to apply the ideas presented.

The summer school will include a group project in which participants will be challenged to develop a research plan to address a fundamental question related to biomolecular dynamics using ideas developed in the school. The results of those group projects will be presented on the final day of the school at a mini-symposium attended by summer school participants and scientists attending the Protein Dynamics workshop. Social events and outdoor activities will allow students and lecturers to interact in an informal setting. Each student is expected to bring a laptop computer for use in problem solving exercises and group projects.

2017 Instructors
Martin Blackedge, Institut de Biologie Structurale, Grenoble, France
Teresa Head-Gordon, University of California, Berkeley
Ann McDermott, Columbia University, New York
Arthur G. Palmer III, University of Columbia Medical Center, New York
John E. Straub, Boston University, Boston

Attending the School

The school plans to host 24 interested and motivated individuals. Talented graduate students and postdoctoral scientists should apply by Friday 10 March 2017. After filling out the application form linked below, no further action is required until accepted applicants receive registration instructions by Friday 14 April 2017.


Sponsors and Acknowledgements

We gratefully acknowledge financial support from the National Science Foundation (CHE-1362524).

Meeting Venue
Telluride Intermediate School
725 W. Colorado Telluride CO 81435

Telluride Science Research Center
Post Office Box 2429, Telluride CO 81435
Tel: + 970.708.4426
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