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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 Open Young Investigator and Contributed Talks from its members. Abstract submissions will open soon. Over the last 2 years, 25% of the program talks were from open submissions. 

Please note - Symposium Sessions begin at 8:30 a.m. on June 30, and end around noon on July 3. We encourage you to arrange travel so that you are able to take advantage of the full day of sessions on both days, as well as local events to celebrate the Independence Day holiday.


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Preliminary Sessions and Confirmed Speakers

Nobel Laureate Lecture

  • Richard Henderson, 2017 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
    Cambridge University

Mechanobiology - Force-Dependent Protein Interactions with Cytoskeleton

  • Greg Alushin, The Rockefeller University
  • Timothy Springer, Harvard University
  • Jie Yan, National University of Singapore
Timing is of the Essence: Dynamics and Kinetics of Biological Function via Experiment and Simulation
  • Steven Block, Stanford University
  • Jay Groves, University of California, Berkeley
  • Xuhui Huang, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Mechanisms of Protein Aggregation

  • David Eisenberg, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Louise Serpell, University of Sussex
  • Wei-Feng Xue, University of Kent

Protein Folding and Dynamics: Experiments and Simulations

  • Lillian Chong, University of Pittsburgh
  • Shachi Gosavi, National Center for Biological Sciences
  • Martin Gruebele, University of Illinois
  • Lars Konermann, Western University
Chaperoning Aggregation and Proteostasis: Life and Death in a Cell
  • Jason Gestwicki, University of California, San Francisco
  • Ulrich Hartl, Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry
  • Raquel Lieberman, Georgia Tech
  • Sarah Perrett, Institute of Biophysics Chinese Academy of Sciences
Folding, Function & Quality Control of Membrane Proteins
  • Thomas Perkins, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Jonathan Schlebach, Indiana University
  • Alessandro Senes, University of Wisconsin
  • Shu-ou Shan, Caltech

Proteins in the Membrane: Dynamics and Recognition

  • James Chou, Harvard Medical School
  • Stephan Grzesiek, University of Basel
  • Adam Smith, University of Akron
Unrestricted Bullies in the Cell - Large Protein Systems in Solution
  • Mitsu Ikura, University of Toronto
  • Charalampos Kalodimos, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
  • Ellis Reinherz, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Selectivity in Protein-Protein Interactions: From Design to Control

  • Madan Babu, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology
  • Tanja Kortemme, University of California, San Francisco
  • Marissa Matsumoto, Genentech
  • Dev Sidhu, University of Toronto
What do Proteins do When They Are Crowded? Does it Matter?
  • Simon Ebbinghaus, Ruhr-Universität Bochum
  • Yutaka Ito, Tokyo Metropolitan University
  • Jeanne C. Stachowiak, UT Austin
  • Rebecca Wade, Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies gGmbH

Structural Elucidation of Protein Complexes by Mass Spectrometry

  • Jennifer Brodbelt, University of Texas at Austin
  • James Bruce, University of Washington
  • Joseph Loo, University of California, Los Angeles

Signaling Across the Membrane, G-protein Coupled Receptors

  • Scott Blanchard, Weill Cornell Medical College
  • Andy Kruse, Harvard University
  • Georgios Skiniotis, Stanford University


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