Registration is now open for the BioSB course Protein Structures which will be held from October 30 unitil November 3 at the Radboudumc in Nijmegen.
In the right hands, protein structures are a ‘power’ful tool to answer bio-molecular questions. Knowledge of the structure is a pre-requisite for rational drug design, for biotechnology, for chemical biology, and for answering a whole series of biomedical questions. In this course we will discuss the ‘production’ of protein structures by NMR, X-ray, and homology modelling. These methods all have their pro’s and cons so a certain ‘prowess’ is needed to follow all ‘promises’ and start attacking bio-medical ‘problems’ using protein structures.
The course will be split in three parts:
- Part 1) Looking and seeing things in protein structures, learning to operate the software, understanding some of the algorithms.
- Part 2) Protein structure determination (prediction) with NMR, X-ray, and homology modelling, and the possibilities and problems that come with each of these three techniques.
- Part 3) Applying all that was learned in real-life example studies.
The course is suitable for both PhD students working in structural bioinformatics as well as for PhD students in the life sciences who want to learn more about using structural information in their research. The course schedule accommodates both groups, parallel sessions for both groups will be scheduled when necessary.