Project: Research project

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Molecular structure computer workstations are becoming ever
more important for studying structure/function relationships.
Four scientists at Washington State University have studied under
or collaborated with some of the leading investigators using
computer based methods for understanding molecular structure.
In addition to this core group, more than 20 well-funded scientists
have expressed interest in the use of the molecular structure
workstation were it on campus. Finally, scientists at
biotechnology firms in Washington have also expressed interest in
using a facility at WSU, were it available. In this proposal we request support for one molecular structure
workstation to enable us to carry out computer-based studies of
molecular structure and function. Eleven projects are described,
6 of which have current NIH funding (the others have NSF funding
or funding that is pending). In addition there is a discussion of the
facility, technical support and courses that would be developed -
all to issue that the molecular structure workstation would be
effectively used. We are in a situation that about half of the scientists at WSU with
direct experience in molecular modeling are currently funded by
NSF, not NIH. Many NIH supported researchers at WSU would
like to take advantage of this expertise to use molecular modeling
approaches in their own research. Our plan is to operate the
system with both NSF and NIH supported scientists who will
collaborate with both their NIH and NSF funded colleagues - thus
insuring optimal use of the molecular structure workstation.
Perhaps in such a situation, joint NIH/NSF funding would be in
order. To this end, a virtually identical proposal has been
submitted to NSF.
Effective start/end date5/24/885/23/89


  • National Institutes of Health


  • Medicine(all)

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