Summer Semester 2019

Introduction to Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Biological Systems

Pallavi Banerjee (MPIKG)
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  • When Mar 28, 2019 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM (Europe/Berlin / UTC100)
  • Where Theory Seminar Room at the MPIKG
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The study of molecular structure and interactions is crucial in the understanding of biology. Molecular recognition patterns, as dictated by structural information, aid in deciphering important biological phenomena like protein-protein and protein-membrane interactions, enzyme mechanisms, transport across cell membranes and a lot more. Such processes occur at timescales and lengthscales inaccessible by experimental techniques. Here comes the role of Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulations in providing invaluable data on the structure, dynamics and thermodynamics of biological macromolecules and complexes. This week-long, intensive workshop plans to provide an introduction to MD simulations. The course would consist of an overview of the basic principles of MD, followed by hands-on tutorials on simulating and analyzing two systems: (a) protein in water; (b) hydrated lipid bilayer. The course demands no prerequisites as all the necessary technical tools would be taught simultaneously. The goal is to enable the students to get into the groove of molecules to move.

Introductory/info session: 28th March, 2019 at 11:00 am in the Theory Seminar Room at the MPIKG

Biophysics II - Cellular Biophysics

Carsten Beta (Uni Potsdam, Physics)
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  • When Apr 10, 2018 from 12:15 PM to 01:45 PM (Europe/Berlin / UTC200)
  • Where University of Potsdam, Institute of Physics and Astronomy, Room 2.28.1.001
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Biophysics is an interdisciplinary field that combines the classical disciplines of physics and biology. While biology examines all forms of life in its diversity and complexity, physics concentrates on the mathematical laws and quantitative descriptions of simple, often idealized systems. The central challenge of biophysics is to build a bridge between the basic physical principles on the one hand and the complexity of living nature on the other. The lecture gives an introduction to the basic concepts of cellular biophysics. In addition to general principles, we will the focus on processes on the micro- and nanometer scale. Covered topics include cytoskeletal dynamics, membrane biophysics, and the basics of neural signaling. Please contact Carsten Beta for more information.

 

Duration: Wednesday, 12:15 pm to 1:45 pm

Seminar: Cell Biology of the Centrosome and the Nuclear Envelop

Ralph Graef (Uni Potsdam, Biology)
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  • When Apr 08, 2018 from 12:15 PM to 01:45 PM (Europe/Berlin / UTC200)
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Please contact Ralph Graef for more information.