The 23rd Annual Structural Biology Annual Symposium -  2018

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On April 28th, 2018, the 23rd Structural Biology Annual Symposium was successfully held. Six talks were given by renowned scientists. Of the 42 posters presented and 7 posters were selected as winners. Each winner was awarded a prize of $150.


  • Grant Jensen, PhD, Professor, Department of Biophysics & Biology, Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA
    Title: “Progress and Challenges in Electron Cryotomography”
  • Ayyalusamy Ramamoorthy, PhD, Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biophysics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
    Title: “Membrane-Assisted Dynamic Protein-Protein Interactions by NMR”
  • Andrew Routh, PhD, 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, PhD, 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, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of BioSciences, Rice University, Houston, TX
    Title: “The Tail of a Nematode Virus”
  • Adam Zlotnick, PhD, Professor, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
    Title: “Multiple Mechanisms for Assembly-Directed HBV Antivirals”

2018 Poster Winners

Poster Winners

  • Didier Devaurs, Postdoc., Rice University
    Title: Predicting Binding Modes of Peptide-HLA Complexes with Molecular Docking
  • Shanti Pal Gangwar, Postdoc., UTMB
    Title: Structural Insights Into The Regulation Of Neuroligin2:Neurexin Trans Synaptic Bridge By MDGA1
  • Eunhye Lee, Postdoc., UTMB
    Title: The dengue stem loop A (SLA), the promoter for virus genome replication, shows a three-way junction structure
  • Zoe Hoffpauir, Student, UTMB
    Title: Searching for New Allosteric Activators of Glutamate Dehydrogenase
  • Elizabeth Jaworski, Student, UTMB
    Title: Parallel ClickSeq and Nanopore Sequencing elucidates the rapid evolution of Defective-Interfering RNA in Flock House virus
  • Pragya Manandhar, Student, U of Houston
    Title: Probing Conformational Changes and Stability of the Ligand Binding Site of Integrin aXb2
  • Omneya Nassar, Student, UTMB
    Title: Discovery of a 40-year-old Sequence Error Unveils New Understanding of Allosteric Ligand Binding to Glutamate Dehydrogenase