Congratulations to Prajwal Nandekar who participated in the “CECAM Extended Software Development Workshop” in Forschungszentrum Jülich on 12-17 October 2015, and was a member of the winning team in the “Hackathon” challenge during the “Setting Up Simulations” section of the workshop, and in the runner-up team in the HackDay of the “Macromolecular simulation software” workshop. In each case, 6 teams competed. Prajwal wrote software for web-based setting up of simulations of protein-membrane systems and for analysing contacts between protein, ligands and lipids in a molecular dynamics trajectory.
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