Virtual Boot Camp

09/08 PDB101 News


An intensive online learning experience hosted by RCSB PDB and the Rutgers University Institute for Quantitative Biomedicine introduced students to Structural Bioinformatics by focusing on the main protease structure of SARS-CoV-2. At the end, the student researchers understood how the protein evolved during the first six months of the COVID-19 pandemic by exploring amino acid sequence and 3D atomic-level structure.

The materials used in this boot camp are available online at and have been described in

Virtual Boot Camp: COVID‐19 evolution and structural biology
Stephen K. Burley, Yana Bromberg,Paul Craig, Siobain Duffy, Shuchismita Dutta, Bonnie L. Hall, Brian P. Hudson, Jennifer Jiang, Sagar D. Khare, Julia R. Koeppe, Joseph H. Lubin, Stephen A. Mills, Michael J. Pikaart, Rebecca Roberts, Vidur Sarma, Jitendra Singh, Jay A. Tischfield, Lingjun Xie, Christine Zardecki
Biochem Mol Biol Educ. 2020;1–3. doi: 10.1002/bmb.21428

Many thanks to

  • Many thanks to
  • The Boot Camp students for their willingness to join us on this adventure
  • IQB Faculty and Graduate Students: Stephen K. Burley, Shuchismita Dutta, Brian Hudson, Jennifer Jiang,
  • Sagar Khare, Joseph Lubin, Vidur Sarma, Lingjun Xie, Christine Zardecki
  • IQB's Ken Dalenberg for technical oversight
  • BASIL: Biochemistry Authentic Scientific Inquiry Laboratory) biochemistry consortium faculty: Paul Craig (Rochester Institute of Technology), Bonnie Hall (Grand View University), Julia Koeppe (SUNY Oswego), Stephen Mills (Xavier University), Mike Pikaart (Hope College), Rebecca Roberts (Ursinus College)
  • RISE at Rutgers: a nationally acclaimed summer research program for outstanding undergraduates from diverse backgrounds
  • Rutgers Faculty Lectures: Yana Bromberg (SEBS), Siobain Duffy (SEBS), Jay Tischfield (SAS/RUCDR)

This Boot Camp was supported by

  • RCSB Protein Data Bank
  • Institute for Quantitative Biomedicine
  • National Science Foundation
  • National Institute of General Medical Sciences
  • US Department of Energy
  • Rutgers NIH Biotechnology Training Program, NIH T32 GM008339 (for JL)

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