1. Theoretical basis of common lab techniques (WIS) - Gideon Schreiber
  2. Computational Structural Biology (TAU) - Haim J. Wolfson (joint with Nir Ben Tal)  
  3. Protein Structure and Function (WIS) - Deborah Fass
  4. Chemistry of Life (WIS)- Sarel Fleishman
  5. Protein Structure and Function 1(WIS) -  Ron Diskin
  6. Introduction to structural biology (TAU)- Nir Ben-Tal
  7. Prediction of protein structure and function (TAU) - Nir Ben-Tal
  8. Proteomics - Arie Admon, Link for Technion students only
  9. Proteopedia

Scientists have an important role in education, particularly of the young generation. We, within this I-CORE, will take this obligation very seriously by holding educational activities involving high-school students. These activities will propagate the knowledge of structure and function of proteins using Proteopedia  - a free, collaborative wiki-like 3D-encyclopedia of proteins and other molecules developed by Sussman (Hodis  et al & Sussman, Genome Biol. 2008;9:R121).

Initially, Proteopedia was developed as a data dissemination platform for the scientific community (see for example a Sussman and Ben-Tal collaboration on integrating ConSurf within Proteopedia). As such it will be used to aid in the dissemination of the findings of this I-CORE.

However, Proteopedia turned out to also be an excellent educational tool. Sussman and Yael Schwarz (Davidson Institute of Science Education) have been working closely to implement Proteopedia into high schools. Recently, they conducted a week-long workshop on Proteopedia for Israeli high-school teachers interested in introducing it into their classrooms. Sussman and other I-CORE members aim, in collaboration with the Davidson Institute, to build a modular tutorial that will be used both in Israel and internationally, to improve general scientific knowledge about the machines that drive life.

Proteopedia pages can be written in any language (e.g., Hebrew and Arabic), which makes them much more accessible than professional tools available only in English, and greatly increases the likelihood that this outreach effort will have a major impact.

Two recent papers (just before I-CORE began)

  • Hanson, R. M., Prilusky, J., Renjian, Z., Nakane, T. & Sussman, J. L. (2013). JSmol and the Next-Generation Web-Based Representation of 3D Molecular Structure as Applied to Proteopedia. Israel Journal of Chemistry 53, 207-216.
  • Celniker, G., Nimrod, G., Ashkenazy, H., Glaser, F., Martz, E., Mayrose, I., Pupko, T. & Ben-Tal, N. (2013). ConSurf: Using Evolutionary Data to Raise Testable Hypotheses about Protein Function. Israel Journal of Chemistry 53, 199-206.

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IJC - Israel Journal of Chemistry - Book Cover