About the MSOE Center for BioMolecular Modeling

Welcome to the CBM!

At the Center for BioMolecular Modeling (CBM), teachers come first.
We work closely with talented science educators from across the US to create innovative
instructional materials that make the molecular world real for students.


Student Programs

Exciting outreach programs that help high school and undergraduate students design and build physical models of protein and molecular structures.

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Teacher Workshops

Workshops for high school and undergraduate science educators that use physical models and computer visualization tools to make the molecular world real.

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Teaching Resources

Digital and physical teaching resources that can be accessed onilne, borrowed or purchased.

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What are Physical Models?

The invisible world of molecules becomes real when students hold physical models in their hands. Models function as thinking tools that stimulate questions and are a key component of the Next Generation Science Standards.

The MSOE Center for BioMolecular Modeling uses 3D Printing Technology to create physical models of protein and molecular structures. They are designed using the molecular Visualization software Jmol and then exported as 3D files.

Hemoglobin physical model

New Materials, Stories and Upcoming Events

The CBM offers a variety of courses and workshops for both high school science teachers and undergraduate educators. Check back regularly for upcoming materials and events!

Drugs, Drug Targets and You - a summer workshop

This course introduces high school teachers to a variety of new instructional tools addressing the molecular basis of drug action and the science of addiction. Materials are focused on the basic molecular mechanisms of neuronal signaling.

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Genes, Genomes and Genomic Medicine - a summer workshop

This course provides high school teachers with the background and tools to go beyond the Central Dogma of Molecular Biology (DNA → RNA → Protein) in their teaching, to engage their students in meaningful discussions of genomic science and its implications for personalized health care.

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SMART Teams Registration Now Open!

The 2014-2015 SMART Team registrations are now open! Visit the SMART Team pages for more information on local and remote SMART Teams.

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Our work is supported by grants from the NIH National Center for Research Resources SEPA program, the NSF CCLI program, the Department of Education Institute for Educational Sciences and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

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