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Molecular Case Studies:

At the Interface of Biology and Chemistry

We are no longer accepting applications for this opportunity. For future opportunities, please sign up for the QUBES Newsletter!

Who should apply?

  • Do you teach about biomolecular structure and function?
  • Do you want your students to be able to independently visualize, navigate, and analyze protein structures?
  • Do you want your students to use data from public bioinformatics data resources to explore authentic cases in biology /chemistry/ biochemistry/ other related fields?
  • Have you ever wished you had access to ready-to-use, content specific, molecular structure-function case studies for your class?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, please consider joining the QUBES Faculty Mentoring Network (FMN) being offered in Spring 2020.


The Molecular CaseNet (https://molecular-casenet.rcsb.org/) is joining forces with QUBES (http://qubeshub.org) to work with faculty who are interested in

  • teaching and learning about biomolecular structure-function
  • testing ready-to-use molecular case studies and/or
  • developing new cases at the interface of biology and chemistry.

Educators who teach biology, chemistry, biochemistry, and other related subjects are encouraged to adopt, adapt, and customize the cases for use in their classrooms. In this FMN you will meet weekly via virtual sessions to learn, share, collaborate, and receive mentoring. You will have access to molecular case studies at the interface of biology and chemistry.

What will you get out of this?

A. Professional development: In the first part of this FMN you will be introduced to several different Molecular Case Studies. The cases will be discussed and any questions/concerns about the cases can be addressed at this stage. If you are new to molecular structures, visualization, and bioinformatics or would like to refresh your memory on how to use some of the relevant data resources, this is an excellent time to learn and practice.

In the second part of the FMN you have a choice of doing at least one of the following:

B1. Pilot testing: You can choose any one of the molecular case studies and implement it in your class - either as-is or after adapting it to meet the needs of your students. For any case study that you decide to pilot test in your class, you will have access to all case materials, teaching notes, and answer keys. You will also have access to online support throughout the process of implementing new materials in your course. Your feedback on using the case will help improve the case(s) for future implementations. If you make any adaptations, we strongly urge you to share them for other educators to use later. In turn, you get authorship on the adaptation.
B2. Case development: If you are not teaching a relevant course in Spring 2020 where you can implement the case(s), you can either independently, or in collaboration with others in the group, develop new molecular case studies on your favorite topic, phenomenon etc. For any molecular case study that you help develop the story and or student activities, background materials, molecular discussions - you will have authorship on that case.

Your Commitment:

To qualify as a participant for this FMN you must be willing to

1. commit ~2 hours of your time per week - ~1 hour to review materials, try out the cases, and plan necessary adaptations and ~1 hour for working with mentors and collaborating with other participants to develop/test materials. Additional time may be required for independent work on developing, adapting, and reviewing modules.

2. either implement one of the molecular case studies in your class OR collaborate with others in the group and/or the mentor to develop a new molecular case study for publication in the Molecular CaseNet.

Additional Benefits:

  • Membership of Molecular CaseNet - i.e. access to all educational materials, molecular visualization tools and resources, and molecular case studies as they are developed.
  • If you have authored a molecular case study for Molecular CaseNet and/or tested an adaptation of a case in your class, you may be eligible for travel/registration support (upto $750) to present the case/adaptation in a relevant professional society meeting/conference in Summer 2020.
  • Recognition as a 2020 Molecular CaseNet Education Scholar upon completion of all network requirements

Dates & Location:

The virtual kick-off will be held in late January 2020 (date and time TBD). The FMN will continue online to support the customization and implementation of activities in your course during the Spring 2020 semester.

How to Apply:

Applications are due Dec. 6, 2019. Space is limited, only 15 participants will be selected, so apply now! Please visit https://qubeshub.org/groups/molcasenet for additional information and instructions about how to apply.

More Information and Questions:

If you have questions, please feel free to contact Deb Rook at [deb.rook@bioquest.org] or Shuchi Dutta at [sdutta@rcsb.rutgers.edu].