Ongoing Activities 

SMOG-SERVER: The Whitford group continues to develop and maintain the structure-based model SMOG webserver and SMOG 2 software package. As part of this effort, we always welcome visitors. If you are interested in visiting and learning more about SMOG models, just send us an email.

RADtool and the Ribosome Analysis Database: The Whitford group continues to develop and maintain the Ribosome Analysis Database and the accompanying software RADtool.  To access the database and software, check out the RAD webpage.

Center for Theoretical Biological Physics: In 2020, CTBP was renewed and expanded to include Northeastern University!  We are very excited to collaborate with other center researchers at Rice University, Baylor School of Medicine and University of Houston. Prof. Whitford is a Senior Investigator in CTBP.

High Performance Computing in Brazil: Prof. Whitford works with Rice University and the University of São Paulo to facilitate growth of HPC in Brazil.

Frontiers In Science (FIS): FIS is a summer research program for undergraduate researchers.  Students are selected primarily from schools that do not have large research programs in place.  Each year, 10-15 FIS Fellows are invited to conduct research projects in the Center for Theoretical Biological Physics at Rice University and Northeastern University.  Prof. Whitford is the site coordinator for activities at Northeastern. For more information about the program, check out the FIS webpage.

RNA Institute: The RNA Institute at SUNY Albany is a center for excellence in RNA research. Prof. Whitford is an external affiliated faculty member, and the group regularly participates in research-oriented activities within the institute.

HPC at NU: The Whitford group is active in the development and support for HPC resources at NU.  This includes continuous consultation with NU ITS, as well as involvement with the NU Research Computing Committee.

Upcoming Events 

Fall 2023: We are organizing CTBP Tech Talks that will include topics ranging from visualization techniques to parallel computing strategies.  If you are interested, you can find more information and registration info here.

Spring 2024: In coordination with several other biophysics groups in the region, we are organizing Molecular Biophysics in the Northeast 2024!!!  Last time, we had more than 150 participants from more than 25 institutions in the region. Please check back for more details in the spring!

2024: The Whitford (Northeastern) and Onuchic (Rice) groups are currently organizing a new workshop: How to simulate ribosomes and chromosomes. We have support from AMD, so each participant will be able to use leading computational resources to simulate a ribosome and chromosome (even if you have minimal/no computing background).  We plan for the event to take place over two days, and we are finalizing the location and dates.  If you are interested in participating, email Prof. Whitford.

Fall 2024: Due to COVID, the 3rd Symposium on Current Topics in Molecular Biophysics, which was scheduled to take place in Brazil in 2020, was postponed to 2024 (tentative).

Past Events

November 9, 2019: The first Molecular Biophysics in the Northeast meeting was held at Northeastern University. This event brought together the active NE community of researchers that are working at the interface of physics and biology,  including leading experimental and computational groups. There were more than 20 universities represented, including approximately 150 grad students, post docs and faculty.

September 24-26, 2018: The 2nd Symposium on Current Topics in Molecular Biophysics, was held in Santos, Brazil.

March 2018: We organized a series of computational workshop for high school students at the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center.  You can read about the event here.

March 15th, 2018: We organized a computational workshop as part of the RNA Science and its Applications Symposium.

January 5-6, 2018: Prof. Whitford is co-organizing a celebratory symposium at Rice University in honor of José Onuchic’s 60th birthday.

March 16th, 2017: Workshop “RNA Dynamics: Interpretation of Experiments Through Simulation,” . held at SUNY Albany

March 17th, 2016: Workshop “RNA Dynamics: Structural Modeling Through Simulation,” held at SUNY Albany.

April 17th, 2015: The Third Workshop on HPC at The University of São Paulo.

April 11, 2015: The group participated in the New England Undergraduate Computing Symposium.

March 19, 2015: We co-organized the workshop “RNA Dynamics: Going from in vitro to in silico,” held at SUNY Albany.

May 21-23, 2014: 1st Symposium on Current Topics in Molecular Biophysics, was held at the University of São Paulo.

April 14th, 2014: 2WHPC: The 2nd Workshop on High Performance Computing at University of São Paulo.

April 7, 8, 9, 2014: Special Seminar by Prof. Whitford “Bridging Biology, Chemistry and Physics: Insights and Opportunities.” This seminar provided an introductory discussion on the interface of the life sciences and physical sciences, with an emphasis on opportunities at NU for undergraduate participation in research.

March 29th, 2014: New England Undergraduate Computing Symposium This event was open to all undergraduate students in New England.