Molecular Computational Core Facility
The goal of the Molecular Computational Core Facility (MCCF) is to afford a variety of multidiscipline biomedical researchers an environment that integrates molecular modeling and machine driven simulation tools to address fundamental research questions through the development of a variety of models and simulation profiles correlated to various data sets.
The MCCF has been patterned after guidelines developed to establish and maintain research resource core facilities associated with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Center for Research Resources (NCCR). Additionally, the core focus has been fashioned from other established NIH initiatives, including the National Centers for Biomedical Computing (RFA-RM-04-022), the High-Accuracy Protein Structure Modeling (RFA-GM-05-008) and the Protein Structure Initiative (RFA-GM-05-001 and subsequent related PA’s).
The MCCF routinely brings together three types of scientists, including:
- Biomedical computational scientists, who adapt and deploy resources from computational science to solve significant biomedical problems;
- Biomedical researchers who work on problems that can be transformed by computational investigations; and
- Computational scientists who invent novel algorithms, data structures, software architectures, and hardware.
Thus, the MCCF promotes contemporary computational opportunities that are novel and hybridized, which efficaciously advances the missions of multi-discipline scientific working groups.
The MCCF operational philosophy is an open lab, made available for all interested investigators and users, within UM Centers and Departments, and also for regional scientists and far-flung collaborators. Computational core availability and assistance (computational scholarship, collaboration and pragmatic digital administration) is made to investigators so they may exemplify original studies correlated to laboratory measures and test model-based hypotheses.
Comprehensive core resources are made to junior scientists in order that essential preliminary results may be acquired for subsequent grant application submissions. The core facility serves a host of researchers, including Ph.D. principal investigators, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students and undergraduate participants. Together, the core facility provides resources to advance new generations of multidisciplinary biomedical computing scientists.