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Seminar by Prof. Jooyoung Lee (KIAS)

January 8, 2009
Seminar by Prof. Jooyoung Lee (KIAS), "Can one apply a principal-based method to the ill-defined problem of protein structure prediction to achieve the best protein modeling?" was hosted by Ochanomizu University Graduate School.

Prof. Jooyoung Lee was invited from the Korean Institute for Advanced Study, and the seminar on the latest situations of three-dimensional protein structure prediction was held on January 8, 2009. Prof. Lee participated in the Critical Assessment of Techniques for Protein Structure Prediction (CASP) held in 2008 and achieved excellent results. Thereby, we considered him most appropriate for education related to computational biology, which this University Education Internationalization Promotion Program emphasizes, and decided to invite him. Approximately twelve participants from Ochanomizu University and about fifteen from outside attended. In the seminar of over two hours, he thoroughly explained the basics of how difficult it was to predict the three-dimensional protein structure according to the theory of physical chemistry, the merits of predicting it empirically utilizing the fact that proteins are the products of biological evolution, and what kind of biologically and medically important things we can find by predicting it. There was an active question-and-answer session after the lecture, and he separately participated in a discussion for one hour or so after the seminar ended. Because every process was in English, the seminar contributed significantly to the University Education Internationalization Promotion Program and education on computational biology. Prof. Jooyoung Lee visited our university taking time out of his busy research schedule. We would like to express our gratitude to him.