PROFESSOR ANNE BERTOLOTTI
MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, United Kingdom
Anne has made seminal contributions to our current understanding of protein quality control mechanisms in cells, which represent the cellular defence systems against potentially harmful proteins. She was one of the pioneers in the discovery of mammalian unfolded protein response and more recently discovered the pathways by which cells maintain proteasome homeostasis…
PROFESSOR SUSAN BUCHANAN
National Institutes of Health, USA
Susan Buchanan’s research program focuses on the structure determination of integral membrane proteins from Gram-negative bacteria that have the potential to be vaccine or drug targets against infectious diseases. She has made seminal discoveries in the biogenesis of β-barrel membrane proteins and the structure of the Ton complex. Her current interests involve how pathogenic bacteria move small molecules and proteins across the membrane and protein import across mitochondrial outer membranes.
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OLIVER CLARKE
Columbia University, USA
Oliver Clarke has recently established his laboratory in the department of Anesthesiology at Columbia University and is investigating the structure and gating mechanisms of ion channels using cryo-electron microscopy.
He received his PhD in membrane protein crystallography from the University of Melbourne in 2011, for work with Jacqui Gulbis at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute
PROFESSOR MONIKA FUXREITER
University of Debrecen, Hungary
Monika Fuxreiter applies computational tools and in vitro evolution to study the role of conformational heterogeneity in protein interactions.
Monika Fuxreiter received her PhD in theoretical chemistry and protein crystallography in Budapest, Hungary. She was a postdoc with Arieh Warshel, Nobel laureate in Chemistry (USC, Los Angeles).
PROFESSOR ANDREI LUPAS
Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, Germany
Prof Andrei Lupas studies how the first proteins arose at the origin of life and how they evolved into the diversity of forms observable today.
Since 2001 Prof Andrei Lupas has been the Director and a Scientific Member at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology. He studied biology at TU Munich (1982-1985) and molecular biology at Princeton Univ.
PROFESSOR TRACY PALMER
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Newcastle University, UK
Professor Tracy Palers is a Professor of Microbiology in the Centre for Bacterial Cell Biology at Newcastle University in Tyne & Wear, England. She is known for her work on the twin-arginine translocation (Tat) pathway.
Palmer's main research interest is in the processes by which bacteria secrete proteins into their environment. She was one of the co-discoverers of the bacterial Tat protein secretion system…
PROFESSOR SIMON NEWSTEAD
University of Oxford, UK
Simon Newstead’s group focuses on understanding how nutrient transporters function at a molecular level, primarily using protein crystallography and single particle cryo-EM imaging.
He is Professor of Molecular Membrane Biology in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Oxford and the Biochemistry tutor at Christ Church. He received his MBiochem (Hons.) degree from the University of Bath in 2001 and his PhD from the University of St Andrews in 2004.
DR KELLY NGUYEN
Cambridge Biomedical Campus, UK
Kelly Nguyen’s group studies telomerase regulation and other processes involved in telomere maintenance beyond telomerase. She employs an integrated structural biology approach with a focus on biochemistry, cryo-electron microscopy and in vivo studies in mammalian cells.
Kelly Nguyen earned her PhB (Honours) degree in chemistry from the Australian National University, followed by a PhD in structural biology from the MRC-LMB (Cambridge, UK) with Dr Kiyoshi Nagai.
PROFRESSOR STEFAN RAUNSER
Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology, Germany
Stefan Raunser’s work focuses on membrane homeostasis in eukaryotic cells, the molecular details of muscle contraction and the mechanism of action of bacterial toxin complexes.
He studied chemistry and biology at the Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität Mainz. He prepared his PhD thesis in the group of Werner Kühlbrandt at the Max Planck Institute of Biophysics in Frankfurt/Main and received his PhD in biochemistry at Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe Universität Frankfurt in 2004.
PROFESSOR AMY ROSENZWEIG
Northwestern University, USA
Amy C. Rosenzweig’s laboratory uses structural, biochemical, and -omic approaches to attack problems at the forefront of bioinorganic chemistry. Her areas of interest include biological methane oxidation, metal uptake and transport, and oxygen activation by metalloenzymes.
Amy C. Rosenzweig is the Weinberg Family Distinguished Professor of Life Sciences in the Departments of Molecular Biosciences and of Chemistry at Northwestern University.
PROFESSOR HAO WU
Harvard Medical School, USA
Hao Wu’s laboratory of structural immunology focuses on elucidating the molecular mechanism of signal transduction by immune receptors, especially innate immune receptors.
Hao Wu, Ph.D., received her pre-medical training at Peking University from 1982 to 1985 and studied Medicine at Peking Union Medical College from 1985 to 1988.