The 23rd Annual Structural Symposium
(April 28, 2018)


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Past Symposia

23rd Annual Symposium

Each year, the SCSB hosts a symposium to highlight current research. The invited speakers are world renowned leaders in their fields of research. This is a marvelous opportunity for SCSB researchers and students to meet outstanding researchers in structural biology and its many associated fields of research. The program also includes a poster session and several social events to allow formal and informal discussion with the speakers and other symposium participants.

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, Ph.D., 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, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biophysics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
    Title: “Membrane-Assisted Dynamic Protein-Protein Interactions by NMR”
  • Andrew Routh, Ph.D., 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, Ph.D., 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, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of BioSciences, Rice University, Houston, TX
    Title: “The Tail of a Nematode Virus”
  • Adam Zlotnick, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
    Title: “Multiple Mechanisms for Assembly-Directed HBV Antivirals”

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

The symposium would have been impossible without the following sponsorship: