The Molecular Machines of Life
Human cells can be viewed as a factory that contains a large number of molecular machines, such as molecular motors to transport cargos and RNA polymerase to transcribe genes. Knowing how these molecular machines operate is important for understanding many fundamental biological processes. While extensive studies have been performed to examine molecular machines from both experimental and theoretical aspects, it is challenging to integrate experiment and simulation to fully comprehend the mechanisms of molecular machines.
The IAS Focused Program on Molecular Machines of Life: Simulation Meets Experiment, led by Prof Xuhui Huang of Chemistry at HKUST, brought together scientists from diverse disciplines to discuss recent investigations into the mechanisms of molecular machines—the building blocks of life.
The five-day program included more than 40 talks on a wide array of topics, including molecular motors, gene expression enzymes, and surface receptors. Attended by roughly 100 participants from around the globe, the event served as a dynamic platform to promote interdisciplinary interactions and foster new collaborations among experimentalists and theorists.