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2018
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”
2017
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”
2016
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”
2015
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”
2014
Andrew Karplus, Distinguished Professor and Department Head, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
Title: “Getting Better Protein Models from a Given Diffraction Data Set: Moving Beyond Conventional Practices”
Timothy M. Lohman, Marvin A. Brennecke Professor of Biophysics, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, Washington University School of Medicine
Title: “Dynamics of SSB Proteins and Translocating Motors on Single Stranded DNA”
J. Patrick Loria, Professor of Chemistry, Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, Yale University
Title: “Micro- and Milli-second Motions in Regulation of Phosphoryl Transfer and Allostery”
José Onuchic, Harry C & Olga K Wiess Professor, Co-Director, Center for Theoretical Biological Physics
Professor, Chemistry, Department Physics and Astronomy, Rice University
Title: “From Protein Folding to Molecular Machines in Biology”
Gabrielle Rudenko, Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology, The University of Texas Medical Branch
Title: “Synapse Organizing Complexes”
Sriram Subramaniam, Head, Biophysics Section, Senior Investigator, Laboratory of Cell Biology, Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute
Title: “3D Biological Electron Microscopy Comes of Age: Applications to HIV/AIDS, cancer and neuroscience”