Biomolecular Dynamics Conference 2013

Welcome to ICBD 2013, Biomolecular Dynamics: Experiment Meets Computation. ICBD 2013 will take place at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia during February 23-25, 2013.

The mobility and flexibility of biomolecules, such as proteins, are critical to achieve their biochemical functions, by binding against ions, small molecules and other biomolecules. Henler-Wildman and Kern stated in 2007 that “the functions of proteins are governed ultimately by their dynamic character (or ‘personality’). The dream is to ‘watch’ proteins in action in real time at atomic resolution”.

Although we are still far from achieving this dream, enormous progress has recently been made both on the experimental and the computational fronts. Progress in experimental techniques (X-ray crystallography, NMR, cryo-EM, mass spectrometry), as well as new techniques (e.g., nano-crystallography), makes it possible to obtain structural and dynamic information at greater resolutions for larger biomolecules. Investigating synergies among new experimental and computational techniques is timely and these synergies are likely to lead transformative results that would not be possible using a single approach alone.

The aim of this mini conference is to gather leading experts in both experimental and computational approaches to study the mobility and flexibility of biomolecules. 

Presentations are by invitation only. 

Topics will include, but are not limited to:

  • Recent progress in experimental techniques to study the structure and dynamics of large biomolecules and molecular complexes.
  • New computational techniques for modelling the structure and mobility of biomolecules.
  • Data interpretation challenges raised by new experimental techniques and computational methods to overcome these challenges.
  • Role of new experimental techniques in validating simulation techniques
  • Role of computational techniques in generating data complementing experimental data.
  • Applications to drug design, protein engineering, biological network understanding, and biofuel production.

Notice: The boat trip on Feb 25 has been fully booked. If you did not receive an email asking for your passport copy, please consider your registration to the boat trip to be cancelled.​