Invited Speakers


Wolfgang Baumeister Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Germany
Senyon Choe The Salk Institute for Biological Studies, USA
Deborah Fass Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
Albert Heck Biomolecular Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics, Netherlands
Colin Kleanthous University of Oxford, United Kingdom
Susan Lea University of Oxford, UK
Christopher Overall University of British Columbia, Canada
Sabine Petry Princeton University, USA
Nikolaus Pfanner University of Freiburg, Germany **The EMBO Keynote Lecturer**
Carol Post Purdue University, USA
Venki Ramakrishnan MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, UK
Helen Saibil Birkbeck College, UK
Brenda Schulman St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, USA
Janet Smith University of Michigan, USA
Nobuhiko Tokuriki Michael Smith Laboratories, University of British Columbia ( UBC), Canada
Jim Wells UCSF Mission Bay, USA
Beili Wu Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Ry Young Texas A&M University, USA



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    Wolfgang Baumeister

    Max-Planck-Institute of Biochemistry

    Wolfgang Baumeister studied biology, chemistry and physics at the Universities of Muenster and Bonn, Germany, and he obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Düsseldorf in 1973....Read More>>

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    Senyon Choe

    UCSD, Qualcomm Institute

    Professor Senyon Choe and his colleagues study the relationship between a molecule's fine structure and the functions it carries out. Among Choe's recent interests is the study of molecules that bind to specific cells to instruct them to carry out functions....Read More>>

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    Deborah Fass

    Weizmann Institute of Science

    Deborah Fass grew up in the United States and studied at Harvard and MIT. Since her graduate research on retrovirus envelope proteins, she has been fascinated by protein folding, modification, assembly, and trafficking in the cell secretory pathway....Read More>>

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    Albert Heck

    Utrecht University

    Albert J.R. Heck (1964) is Professor of Biomolecular Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics at the Faculty of Sciences of Utrecht University and scientific director of the Netherlands Proteomics Centre. He received his Ph.D. in mass spectrometry from the University of Amsterdam....Read More>>

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    Colin Kleanthous

    University of Oxford

    I obtained my BSc and PhD in Biochemistry at the University of Leicester. Following postdoc positions in Berkeley and Glasgow, I obtained my first academic appointment as a lecturer in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of East......Read More>>

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    Susan Lea

    Sir William Dunn School of Pathology

    Susan is primarily interested in what structural biology can help us understand about the way in which pathogens and their hosts first encounter each other. More recently this work has led to potential therapeutic opportunities with structures suggesting opportunities for novel vaccination strategies....Read More>>

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    Christopher Overall

    University of British Columbia

    Dr. Overall is a Professor and Canada Research Chair in Protease Proteomics and Systems Biology at U.B.C.. He completed his Ph.D. in Biochemistry at the University of Toronto; and post-doctoral work with Dr. Michael Smith, Nobel Laureate, U.B.C....Read More>>

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    Sabine Petry

    The Petry Lab

    Sabine Petry, Ph.D is originally from Germany and performed her thesis research with Dr. Venki Ramakrishnan at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (UK). She was involved in solving the first crystal structure of a classical translation factor bound to......Read More>>

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    Nikolaus Pfanner

    University of Freiburg

    Nikolaus (Klaus) Pfanner studies protein sorting in cells and focuses on the biogenesis and assembly of mitochondria. His research team performed the first comprehensive analysis of the proteome of an entire cell organelle (mitochondria), leading to the discovery of more......Read More>>

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    Carol Post

    Purdue University

    Dr. Post obtained a Ph.D. from Bruno Zimm (UCSD, USA) and was a postdoc with Martin Karplus (Harvard, USA) and Chris Dobson (Oxford, England).  Currently she is a professor at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA....Read More>>

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    Venki Ramakrishnan

    MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology

    Venki Ramakrishnan has a long-standing interest in ribosome structure and function. In 2000, his laboratory determined the atomic structure of the 30S ribosomal subunit and its complexes with ligands and antibiotics....Read More>>

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    Helen Saibil

    Birkbeck College and Institute for Structural Molecular Biology

    Helen Saibil was educated in biophysics at McGill University, Montreal and then at Kings College London, where she did her PhD on the structure of retinal photoreceptor membranes....Read More>>

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    Brenda Schulman is an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Joseph Simone Chair in Basic Research at St Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee, USA.  She obtained her Ph.D....Read More>>

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    Janet Smith

    University of Michigan

    Janet Smith holds a BS degree in Chemistry from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin where she studied with M....Read More>>

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    Nobuhiko Tokuriki

    University of British Columbia

    Nobu Tokuriki is Assistant Professor at Michael Smith Laboratories, University of British Columbia. He grew up in Japan and studied at Osaka University. He was trained as post-doctral fellow in the group of Dan Tawfik at the Weizmann Institute of......Read More>>

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    James Wells

    University of California at San Francisco

    James A. Wells, PhD, focuses on development of enabling technologies for engineering proteins and for identifying small molecules to aid in drug discovery for challenging targets such as allosteric regulation and protein-protein interactions....Read More>>

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    Beili Wu

    Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica (SIMM)

    Beili Wu got her Ph. D. degree at Tsinghua University, Beijing in 2006, and worked as a postdoc fellow at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California from 2007 to 2011....Read More>>

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    Ryland Young

    Texas A&M University

    A fourth generation Texan, Ry Young earned his doctorate in Molecular Biology (1975)  as an NSF Graduate Fellow under Hans Bremer at the University of Texas at Dallas, studying control of ribosome synthesis.   While studying gene transposition as an NIH......Read More>>