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IIP-Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic
Nové Hrady, Czech Republic (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Summer
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Dept Offering Program: International Internship Program (IIP) Program Type: Internship
Language Prerequisite: No Program Features: Lab Based Work, Research
Degree Level: 1st year u/g students, 2nd year u/g students, 3rd year u/g students Time Away: Summer
Housing options: Student Responsibilty with support from IIP and/or Host Organization Program Group: International Internship Program
Duration of Program: 8 or more weeks Program Adviser: Shahreen Rahman
Program Description:
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Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Center for Nanobiology and Structural Biology
Institute of Microbiology

Organization Overview

The Academy and University Center in Nové Hrady, South Bohemia was founded in 2002 as a joint endeavor of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic and the University of South Bohemia at Ceské Budejovice (Budweis). The Center is housed in an 1806 chateau in the ancient, originally fortified, hilltop town of Nové Hrady near the Austrian border. Renovation of the chateau to house research laboratories and computing facilities as well as dormitories was aimed at creating a regional center for educational outreach where scientists and students could be accommodated on-site while learning or carrying out research using advanced methods. The success of this concept is reflected in the many international scientific conferences and summer schools held in the chateau every year. The permanent staff of the Academy conduct ongoing basic research in molecular biology, biochemistry, and biophysics in the fully equipped wet laboratories and the high-performance computing center. The main scientific focus of research at the Center is molecular systems biology, including the relationships between structure and function of proteins, and understanding of dynamic processes related to protein function. A particular emphasis is the synergy between experimental and computational analysis of molecular systems.

Internship Description:
IIP interns will be introduced to modern computational methods for investigating biological molecules using dedicated software for modeling and carrying out molecular dynamics simulations. Specific background in computer science is not required. Interns will learn how to interpret the data they generate to understand the dynamical changes in systems under study. Intensive training during the first weeks will prepare each IIP intern to join an ongoing research project under the guidance of a member of the research staff. The intent is that the intern will investigate a question to identify predictions that can be evaluated experimentally. Possible projects may include molecular dynamics simulations of protein systems; homology modeling of unknown protein structures; docking of small-molecule ligands to proteins; quantum mechanical calculations relevant to biological systems; or solving X-ray structures of proteins. IIP interns may attend lectures and seminars connected with conferences or summer schools held in the Center. They may also register to participate in an annual regional symposium, the Visegrad Conference on Structural Systems Biology, held in Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, or Slovakia on a four-year rotation.

IIP candidates should have curiosity about how biological systems work at the molecular level. Academic training in the life, physical, mathematical, or engineering sciences, and an interest in learning to use computing as a scientific tool, is required. No programming background is required.

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