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Welcome to Peter Tieleman's Biocomputing Group

We create state-of-the-art computational models of lipids and membrane proteins to study their structure and dynamics, observe how they interact with each other, and gain a better understanding of the processes that occur in biological membranes. We invite you to browse through this site to discover who we are, what we have done, and what we are currently working on.

As computers have become more powerful and software more efficient, molecular dynamics simulations have rapidly grown in size and complexity. This... Read more...
ATP Binding Cassette (ABC) transporters constitute one of the largest families of membrane proteins, and translocate across membranes a wide variety... Read more...
Cholesterol is a crucial component of mammalian cellular membranes, making up a significant portion (25-40 mol%) of the plasma membrane. Eukaryotic... Read more...
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Current Research Areas

Cells have elaborate mechanisms to transport substances such as nutrients and drugs across the cell membrane that forms a barrier between the inside and outside of a cell. ATP-Binding Cassette Transporters form a large class of membrane proteins across all forms of life that play important physiological roles, including nutrient uptake in... Read more...
Cells are surrounded by membranes, thin sheets made up of two layers of molecules that separate the inside from the cell from its environment. These molecules, lipids, have water-loving headgroups and oily tails, so that the membrane has an oil-like interior. Biological membranes contain a vast variety of proteins that are responsible for contact... Read more...
Membrane proteins are central to many important processes in cells. About 20% of all human proteins are membrane proteins, and the majority of currently used drugs interacts with them. It would be very helpful for understanding how cells work, for understanding the molecular basis of diseases, and for developing new drugs if the structures of... Read more...
The MARTINI force field, developed between the groups of Marrink and Tieleman, is a coarse grained force field suited for molecular dynamics simulations of biomolecular systems. The force field has been parametrized in a systematic way, based on the reproduction of partitioning free energies between polar and apolar phases of a large number of... Read more...

Recent News

Peter Tieleman, Faculty of Science, Department of Biological Sciences: Prof. Tieleman is a national and international leader in the rapidly growing field of computer simulations of biological... Read more...

Brief Description of Summer Students Project Work 2014

Colin (Cheng Cui) has finished his third year studying Bioscience in the faculty of Science at the University of Calgary. Colin’s... Read more...

The 2nd Molecular Simulation Summer School 2014 will be held from June 23rd to 27th at the University of Calgary, organized by the Centre for Molecular Simulation and directed by... Read more...

Upcoming Events

Friday, January 30, 2015 - 5:00pm to Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 1:00pm

The next (6th) Kananaskis Symposium on Molecular Simulation will be held on Jan. 30 to Feb. 1, 2015 - please save the date. An interesting and engaging program is being planned - further details... Read more...