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Learn: Education Corner

Published quarterly in our Newsletter, each Education Corner offers an account of how members of the community use the PDB to educate students.   If you would like to submit an Education Corner column, please send an email to info@rcsb.org.


Issue 76 - January 2018
From the PDB to Phoenix: My Journey as an RCSB PDB Intern by Jenna Abyad (Drew University) and Priscilla Marie Salcedo (California State University Northridge)


Issue 72 - January 2017
A cyber-linked summer program trains the next generation of computational structural biologists by Rebecca F. Alford & Jeffrey J. Gray, Johns Hopkins University

Issue 73 - April 2017
Learning in Virtual Reality: Revolutionizing Education with Autodesk’s Molecule Viewer by Merry Wang, Autodesk Research

Issue 74 - July 2017
Get Excited, Be Critical by David S. Goodsell, The Scripps Research Institute and Rutgers University

Issue 75 - October 2017
Structural Databases as Teaching Tools by Joel Sussman (Weizmann Institute) and Christine Zardecki (RCSB PDB)


Issue 68 - January 2016
Using 815,527 Crystal Structures to Teach Chemistry: The Cambridge Structural Database by Amy Sarjeant, Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre

Issue 69 - April 2016
Scientific Storytelling With Videos by Jed Dannenbaum, Ph.D. (USC)

Issue 70 - July 2016
Lysozyme, Models and the PDB: Helping Undergraduates Explore Structure by Krystle J. McLaughlin, Ph.D., Lehigh University

Issue 71 - October 2016
Myoglobin Structure and Function: A multi-week biochemistry laboratory project by Todd P. Silverstein, Willamette University, with assistance from Sarah R. Kirk, Scott C. Meyer, and Karen L. McFarlane Holman


Issue 64 - January 2015
Mentoring High School Students for the RCSB PDB HIV Video Challenge by Meenakshi Bhattacharya, Cindy Jaworsky, and Karen Lucci

Issue 65 - April 2015
The Science of HIV - A new online resource about HIV biology by Janet Iwasa, Ph.D.

Issue 66 - July 2015
2015 Video Challenge Awards

Issue 67 - October 2015
Learning the ABCs of Proteins by By Chu Wai Liew, Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, Australia


Issue 60 - January 2014
2014 Video Challenge for High School Students

Issue 61 - April 2014
The Virtual Drug Screening Stream: research and discovery as undergraduates by Josh Beckham, University of Texas at Austin

Issue 62 - July 2014
High School Video Challenge

Issue 63 - October 2014
Molecular Visualization for the Masses: PDB Goes to Disneyland by Bob Hanson, St. Olaf College


  • Issue 59 - October 2013
    In Touch with Molecules: Improving student learning with innovative molecular models by Jodi Davenport, Matt Silberglitt (WestEd), and Arthur Olson (The Scripps Research Institute)
  • Issue 58 - July 2013
    PDB-101 and the 2013 Meeting of the National Science Teachers Association
  • Issue 57 - April 2013
    The Ins and Outs of the RCSB PDB Help Desk: What do we learn from our users? What do they learn from us? By Rachel Kramer Green, Ph.D.
  • Issue 56 - January 2013
    Molecular Visualization, Online and On-the-Go by Takanori Nakane M.D. (Kyoto University)


  • Issue 55 - October 2012
    University of Georgia's summer Biotech Boot Camp for high school teachers
  • Issue 54 - July 2012
    Learning Science by Doing Science at the Waksman Student Scholars Program
  • Issue 53 - April 2012
    Project CRYSTAL: Crystallographers Researching with Young Scientists, Teaching and Learning by Hazel M. Holden, Ph.D. and Dan Toomey
  • Issue 52 - January 2012
    Learning to Become a Structural Biologist by The 2011 RCSB PDB Poster Prize awardees


  • Issue 51 - October 2011
    Insights into Molecular Modeling for the Middle Schooler by Christopher Smith, Center for Theoretical Biological Physics at UCSD
  • Issue 50 - July 2011
    New Report Proposes Historic Renovation of Undergraduate Biology Education in the United States by Brandon Bryn, AAAS
  • Issue 49 - April 2011
    Building Protein Structures and the Molecule of the Month by Richard Tempsick, Academy of Allied Health and Science
  • Issue 48 - January 2011
    Proteopedia: An online, collaborative 3D-encyclopedia of proteins & other molecules by Jaime Prilusky, Ph.D., Weizmann Institute of Science




  • Issue 39 - October 2008
    Molecular Visualization in your Pocket by Brad Larson, Ph.D., Sunset Lake Software
  • Issue 38 - July 2008
    Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (BAMBED), a Journal for University, College, and High School Educators by Dr. Judith Voet (Swarthmore) and Dr. Donald Voet (University of Pennsylvania)
  • Issue 37 - April 2008
    Moving Pictures: Using Chimera to Make Molecular Multimedia for the Classroom by Dr. Jeramia Ory, Kings College
  • Issue 36 - January 2008
    Fruit-flavored Folding by Teresa MacDonald, Director of Education at The University of Kansas Natural History Museum


  • Issue 35 - October 2007
    Navigating the molecular universe in 3D: Teaching biology students protein structure-function relationships using StarBiochem by Dr. Melissa Kosinski-Collins (Brandeis University)
  • Issue 34 - July 2007
    Structures and Other NIGMS Booklets Make Science Accessible by Alisa Zapp Machalek, science writer at the National Institute General Medical Sciences at NIH
  • Issue 33 - April 2007
    The 2007 New Jersey Science Olympiad
  • Issue 32 - January 2007
    The X-Ray Methods in Structural Biology Course at CSHL by Gary L. Gilliland



  • Issue 27 - October 2005
    Miriam Rossi, Vassar College. In this interview, Rossi discusses a interdisiplinary course that familiarizes students with basic concepts of molecular structure, from an introduction to X-ray crystallographic methods through interpreting published structural papers
  • Issue 26 - July 2005
    Wisconsin High School Science Olympiad PROTEIN MODELING Event by Gary Graper, Event Supervisor
  • Issue 25 - April 2005
    A short history of visualizing structures in the PDB by Judith Voet, J. H. Hammons Professor , Swarthmore College
  • Issue 24 - January 2005
    Early Protein Structures


  • Issue 23 - October 2004
    X-rays, Molecules, and You. During this workshop held at an ACA meeting, prominent crystallographers and structural biologists introduced high school students and teachers to basic concepts in X-ray crystallography and structural databases to promote interest in structural biology, chemistry, and general science
  • Issue 22 - July 2004
  • Issue 21 - April 2004
    How the PDB, RasMol, and the Molecule of the Month are used in a high school classroom by Tommie Hata, Biology Teacher at The Pingry School in Martinsville, NJ
  • Issue 20 - January 2004
    The resources for protein resources, macromolecular structure/function analysis, and structural biology at CSUF by Katherine Kantardjieff, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at California State University Fullerton


  • Issue 19 - October 2003
    The use of the PDB and related resources in classes at RIT by Paul A. Craig, Associate Professor of Chemistry at the Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Issue 18 - July 2003
    The CBM creates physical models of proteins and other molecular structures for researchers, students, and teachers, by Tim Herman, Director of the Center for BioMolecular Modeling at the Milwaukee School of Engineering
  • Issue 17 - April 2003
    Molecular Visualization by Gale Rhodes, University of Southern Maine