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“This was the first conference I have attended, and as an undergraduate, it was an amazing opportunity. My interests were definitely grounded in wanting to pursue a PhD in a biochemical or biomedical field so that one day I could possibly be conducting my own investigations and continue to be part of such an amazing community of scientists.”

- Anonymous

Structured with two concurrent sessions, the Annual Symposium features a multitude of opportunities for networking, plentiful speaking slots for selected early-career scientists, and unique workshops for students and educators alike. The Protein Society proudly encourages abstract submissions for Young Investigator and Contributed Talks from its members.

Preliminary Session Topics and Speakers

Session Name

Speaker Name


Transient Protein-Protein Interactions

Gavin MacBeath
Ichio Shimada
Petra Beli

Merrimack Pharmaceuticals
University of Tokyo, Japan
Institute of Molecular Biology

Approaches to Therapeutics

William Schief
Gianni De Fabritiis
Vladimir Kirkin

Scripps Research Institute
Universitat Pompeu
Merck Serono

Chaperones and Amyloid

Elizabeth Meiering
Manajit Hayer-Hartl
Jayant Udgaonkar

University of Waterloo
Max Planck Institute
National Center for Biological Sciences, Bangalore

Synthetic Biology

Jesse Zalatan
Michael Elowitz
Sarah Teichmann

University of Washington
California Institute of Technology
European Bioinformatics Institute

Protein Evolution

Christine Orengo
Eric Ortlund
L. Aravind

University College London
Emory University
National Center Biotechnology Information, NIH

Protein Dynamics and Allostery

Rama Ranganathan
Erin Dueber
James Fraser

University of TX Southwestern Medical Ctr
University of California - San Francisco

Intrinsically-Disordered Proteins and
Phase Transitions

Elisar Barbar
Edward Lemke
Richard Kriwacki

Oregon State University
European Molecular Biology Lab
Saint Jude Children's Research Hospital

Ubiquitin-Proteasome System

Raymond Deshaies
Michal Sharon
David Barford

California Institute of Technology
Weizmann Institute
Laboratory of Molecular Biology

Protein Folding

Laura Itzhaki
Doug Barrick
Tae-Young Yoon

University of Cambridge
Johns Hopkins University
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology

Advances in Membrane Proteins

Prof. Dame Carol Robinson
Karen Davies

Oxford University
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Analysis of Large Complexes

Stephen Harrison
Hao Wu
Sriram Subramanian

Harvard Medical School
Harvard Medical School
National Cancer Institute

Structural Insights Into Ion-
Transporting Membrane Proteins

Irina Serysheva
Rouslan Efremov
Poul Nissen
Haruo Ogawa

Univ. of TX Health Science Ctr, Houston
VIB Structural Biology Research Ctr
Aarhus University
University of Tokyo


2017 Program Planning Committee

John Kuriyan (Chair)
Professor of Molecular & Cell Biology and Chemistry
University of California - Berkeley

Yibing Shan
Senior Scientist
Chemistry & Biology
D E Shaw Research

Nieng Yan
Professor, School of Medicine
Center for Structural Biology
Tsinghua University, HHMI

Jane Clarke
Professor of Molecular Biophysics
Senior Wellcome Research Trust Fellow
Department of Chemistry
University of Cambridge

Dan S. Tawfik
Principal Investigator
Department of Molecular Sciences
Weizmann Institute of Science

Volker Dötsch
Professor, Institute of Biophysical Chemistry
Goethe University