Computational biophysics

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
BIO/10 FIS/03 INF/01
Learning objectives
The course will teach the techniques and the algorithms to study kinetic and equilibrium properties of classical models of molecules and polymers, mainly of biological interest.
Expected learning outcomes
The student at the end of the course will have these abilities:
1. Understand the theory that controls moleclar dynamics simulations
2. To perform molecular dynamics simulations
3. To understand the algorithms to calculate free energies in biomolecular systems
4. To be able to deal with data analysis through simple scripts
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
First semester
Lectures with zoom
Course syllabus
1) Molecular dynamics of polymers in the microcanonical ensemble, integrators, ergodicity and integrability, temperature
2) molecular dynamics of model proteins at fixed temperature, Langevin dynamics, calculation of thermodynamic properties, phase transitions, thermostats and barostats, algorithms to optimise molecular dynamics
3) Thermodynamic sampling, Metropolis algorithm, glassy transitions, tempering and multicanonical methods.
4) Molecular dynamics of proteins in explicit solvent, the electrostatic problem, semi empirical potentials, reaction coordinate, umbrella sampling and meta dynamics.
Prerequisites for admission
Basic knowledge of Linux and of the C language
Teaching methods
Lectures and exercises on computers
Teaching Resources
Notes that can be downloaded from the Ariel site.
Assessment methods and Criteria
Oral exams of approximately 1/2 hour to assess the degree of comprehension of the theoretical aspects of protein physics, of the ability to reproduce the calculations discussed during the lectures, to implement on a computer the algorithms, of critical thinking and to connect to the subjects learn in other courses.
BIO/10 - BIOCHEMISTRY - University credits: 0
FIS/03 - PHYSICS OF MATTER - University credits: 0
INF/01 - INFORMATICS - University credits: 0
Lessons: 42 hours
Professor: Tiana Guido
Educational website(s)
Friday, h. 11-13