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IHRS BioSoft Symposium 2017

Although development towards highly sophisticated and useful molecular machines is still in its infancy, significant breakthroughs have already showcased the range of prospects that can be achieved. From molecular machines to networks of cells, from chemical motions to protein interaction, a combination of experiments, theory, and simulations is required to characterize and construct new machines. This symposium aims to provide an interdisciplinary get-together for young and young-at-heart scientists, with an overview of the field of molecular and biological machines.

Organizers: C. Abaurrea Velasco, C. Alleva, D. Petrovic

Invited speakers

Molecular MachinesBen Feringa - University of Groningen (The Netherlands)
Enzyme EvolutionLynn Kamerlin - Uppsala University (Sweden)
Ribosome StructureElmar Behrmann - caesar Bonn (Germany)
Artificial ChaperonimIvan Coluzza - CIC biomaGUNE San Sebastián (Spain)
Mitotic SpindleIva Tolić - Institut Ruđer Bošković Zagreb (Croatia)
Cytoskeletal OrganisationFrançois Nédélec - EMBL Heidelberg (Germany)


23 April 2018

10:30-10:40Opening remarks
10:40-11:30Iva Tolić
(Zagreb, Croatia)
Mysteries of the mitotic spindle: chirality, bridge, and twist
11:30-11:55Jennifer Fleming
(Konstanz, Germany)
Mechanosensing in the kinase region of titin
11:55-12:20Ohad Vonshak
(Rehovot, Israel)
A sequential protein assembly line on a chip
14:00-14:50François Nédélec
(Heidelberg, Germany)
Mechanisms of contraction and expansion of microscopic networks driven by molecular motors
14:50-15:15Rejhana Kolašinac
(Jülich, Germany)
Deciphering the functional principles of fusogenic liposomes
15:15-15:40Martin Carballo-Pacheco
(Edinburgh, UK)
Predicting evolutionary pathways to antimicrobial resistance: A computational biophysics approach
15:40-16:10Coffee break
16:10-17:00Lynn Kamerlin
(Uppsala, Sweden)
Dynamics, flexibility, cooperativity, and the evolution of enzyme function
17:00-17:25Vineet Panwalkar
(Jülich, Germany)
Conformational sampling of the intrinsically disordered C-terminal tail of DERA is important for enzyme catalysis
17:25-17:50Aleksandra Maršavelski
(Zagreb, Croatia)
Expanded and revisited mode of action of antibiotics pantothenamides
17:50-20:00Poster session

24 April 2018

09:30-10:20Ben Feringa
(Groningen, Netherlands)
Molecular switches and motors
10:20-10:45Anton Welker
(Köln, Germany)
Molecular motors govern liquid-like ordering and fusion dynamics of bacterial colonies
10:45-11:10Luke Davis
(London, UK)
Mimicking nature with a programmable nanofilter: Simulations meet experiment
11:10-11:40Coffee break
11:40-12:30Ivan Coluzza
(San Sebastian, Spain)
Bionic proteins: Theory and applications
14:00-14:50Elmar Behrmann
(Bonn, Germany)
Seeing proteins in motion - the abilities of modern cryo-EM
14:50-15:40Gustavo Chaves
(Nürnberg, Germany)
Zinc inhibition in the NpHV1 voltage-gated proton channel
15:15-15:40Masoud Hoore
(Jülich, Germany)
What happens to the free-flowing platelet aggregates in blood flow?
15:40-15:50Closing remarks


The symposium will be held at Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany, building 4.7, auditorium (opposite to the central library).

 Campus map (jpeg, 603 kB)

Registration, costs and poster submission

Posters can be presented by anyone who registers. A limited number of slots for short talks is available. Young scientists selected to give short talks will get small travel grants.

If you are interested in presenting a poster or a short talk, please provide an abstract with up to 200 words. In particular students and young researchers are encouraged to present their work – this is a great chance to discuss with the invited speakers and the faculty. We will try to accommodate all posters, but priority will be given to those submitted earlier.

Registration and abstract submission

Registration is free of charge and is still open. Due to limited number of seats, registration is mandatory for all, including IHRS BioSoft fellows and FZ Jülich employees. Participation will be confirmed on a first come, first served basis.

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Additional Information

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IHRS-BioSoft Symposium poster



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