Molecular Details of Gating in Mechanosensitive Ion Channels

Molecular Details of Gating in Mechanosensitive Ion Channels
Date & Time: 
Friday, May 31, 2019 - 14:00 to 15:00
Chen Song, Peking University
Room 264, Geography Building, Zhongbei Campus, East China Normal University


With the rapid development of simulation algorithm and computer power, computational biophysics is playing more and more important roles in revealing the microscopic function mechanisms of bio-molecules. We are interested in studying the permeation, selectivity and gating mechanisms of ion channels that are located on cell membranes and responsible for ion transport through membranes. In this talk, I will present two of our ongoing projects, in which we used multi-scale molecular dynamics simulations to explore the molecular details of gating in two different types of mechanosensitive ion channels.


Dr. Chen SONG is a computational biophysicist, whose research interest lies in multi-scale computer simulations of ion channels. He obtained his BSc (2002) and Ph.D. (2007) in condensed matter physics at Shandong University, and then found his enthusiasm in computational biophysics. He worked as a postdoc at the University of Western Australia for two years, and then worked in Europe (Max-Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry and Oxford) for six years under the support of Humboldt Fellowship (Germany), Newton International Fellowship (UK) and Marie Curie Fellowship (EU). Dr. Chen SONG returned to Peking University in 2016 and started his research group under the support the Thousand Talents Youth Program. He has been an assistant professor and principal investigator at the Center for Quantitative Biology and Peking-Tsinghua Center for Life Sciences of Peking University ever since.


Bi-Weekly Seminar Series by the NYU-ECNU Center for Computational Chemistry at NYU Shanghai