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Past Speakers List

Past Speakers List

Thomas E. Cheatham, III, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, College of Pharmacy, Director, Research Computing and CHPC, UIT, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT 
Title: “Convergence, Reproducbility and Accuracy - There are Still Some Surprises in Modeling the Structure and Dynamics of Nucleic Acids”
Edward H. Egelman, Ph.D., Harrison Distinguished Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, VA 
Title: “Cryo-EM of Helical Protein and Nucleoprotein Polymers at Near-Atomic Resolution”
Matthieu G. Gagnon, Ph.D., Assistant Professor , Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Sealy Center for Structural Biology & Molecular Biophysics, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX 
Title: “How RRF and tRNA Disassemble the Ribosome During Recycling”
Karen Maxwell, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada 
Title: “The Role of anti-CRISPRs in the Phage-Host Evolutionary Arms Race”
Michael Sheetz, Ph.D., Director, Mechanobiology Institute, Distinguished Professor, Dept of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore, Singapore 
Title: ”Nanometer Level Matrix Structures Control Adhesion Clustering and Dynamics”
Liang Tong, Ph.D., William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor and Chair, Department of Biological Sciences, Columbia University, New York, NY 
Title: “Structural Studies of RNA 3’-end Processing Machineries”
Grant Jense, Professor, Department of Biological Chemistry & Department of of Biophysics & Biology, Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA
Title: “Progress and Challenges in Electron Cryotomography”
Ayyalusamy Ramamoorthy, Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biophysics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Title: “Membrane-Assisted Dynamic Protein-Protein Interactions by NMR”
Andrew Routh, Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Sealy Center for Structural Biology and Molecular Biolihysics, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX
Title: “Parallel ClickSeq and Nanopore Deep-Sequencing Characterizes the Emergence and Evolution of Defective Viral Genomes”
Joan-Emma Shea, Professor, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Department of Physics, University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA
Title: “Binding and Assembly of Intrinsically Disordered Peptide”
Yizhi Tao, Associate Professor, Department of BioSciences, Rice University, Houston, TX
Title: “The Tail of a Nematode Virus”
Adam Zlotnick, Professor, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Title: “Multiple Mechanisms for Assembly-Directed HBV Antivirals”
James Chou, Professor, Department of Biological Chemistry & Molecular Pharmacology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Title: “Pore Architecture and Ion Selectivity Filter of the Mitochondrial Calcium Uniporter”
Rachelle Gaudet, Professor, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University, Boston, MA
Title: “Panning for Precious Metals: Mechanics of a Transition Metal Transporter”
Petr Leiman, Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Sealy Center for Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX
Title: “Structure and Function of Contractile Injection Systems”
Daniela Nicastro, Associate Professor, Department of Cell Biology & Biphysics, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX
Title: “Probing the Molecular Organization of Cells and Organelles using Cryo-ET and TYGRESS”
Brian Shoichet, Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, UCSF School of Pharmacy, San Francisco, CA
Title: “Docking for New Chemotypes Against Under- and Over-studied GPCRs”
Kylie Walters, Senior Investigator, Structural Biophysics Laboratory
Head, Protein Processing Section, Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute, Frederick, MD
Title: “Structural and Mechanistic Basis of Substrate Recognition by the Proteasome”
Patrick Griffin, Professor, Molecular Therapeutics, The Scripps Research Institute, Scripps Florida
Title: “Differential HDX to Probe Ligand Mediated Receptor Signaling”
Nick Grishin, Professor, Department of Biochemistry, HHMI, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Title: “Evolutionary Classification of Protein Domains”
Jun Qin, Professor, Department of Molecular Cardiology, Lerner Research Institute and Cleveland Clinic
Title: “Structural Elucidation of Weak Protein-protein Interactions in Cell Adhesion”
Matthew Redinbo, Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Title: “Structural and Chemical Biology of Drugging the Microbiome”
Gary Ren, Staff Scientist, Molecular Foundry, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Title: “Individual-Particle Electron Tomography (IPET): An Approach to Study Flexible Protein Structure, Dynamics, Mechanism and Aggregation”
Thomas Smith, Professor, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, University of Texas Medical Branch
Title: “Glutamate Dehydrogenase: Structure, Regulation, Evolution, Insulin, Cancer, and a Cup of Tea”
A. Keith Dunker, Professor, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Indiana University School of Medicine
Title: “Getting Better Protein Models from a Given Diffraction Data Set: Moving Beyond Conventional Practices”
Junji Iwahara, Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX
Title: “Protein Dynamics in DNA Recognition and Scanning”
Lewis Kay, Professor, Department of Medical Genetics & Microbiology, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON
Title: “Seeing the Invisible by NMR Spectroscopy”
Susan S. Taylor, Professor, Department of Pharmacology, University of California, San Diego, CA
Howard Hughes Medical Institute, San Diego, CA
Title: “Dynamic Assembly of Macromolecular Signaling Complexes”
George Rose, Krieger-Eisenhower Professor, Department of Biophysics, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
Title: “Conformational Entropy: The Neglected Free Energy Term in Protein Folding”
Robert D. Wells, Professor, Institute of Biosciences and Technology, Texas A&M Health Science Center, Houston, TX
Title: “DNA Structure Matters”
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