The 18th Annual Structural Biology Annual Symposium -  2013

This year's symposium was a great success. The one day event was held at the Levin Hall on UTMB campus and attended by around 200 people. Six talks were presented by renowned scientists; the keynote presenter was Prof. William A. Eaton from National Institutes of Health and Prof. Wah Chiu from Baylor College of Medicine. The judges had a difficult time choosing winners from the 78 posters presented.


  • Wah Chiu, Distinguished Service Professor, Alvin Romansky Professor, Member of the National Academy of Sciences
    Departments of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Baylor College of Medicine
    Title: "Visualizing viruses inside and outside the host cell"
  • William A. Eaton, NIH Distinguished Investigator, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health
    Title: "Toward observing transition paths in protein folding using single molecule FRET"
  • Dorothee Kern, Professor of Biochemistry, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Brandeis University
    Title: "The choreography of an enzymes dance – dynamics during catalysis"
  • John Kuriyan, Chancellor's Professor, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, Department of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley
    Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
    Title: "Allosteric mechanisms in the activation of the EGF receptor"
  • Todd O. Yeates, Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, Los Angeles
    Title: "Giant protein assemblies in nature and by design: a geometry lover in molecular paradise"
  • Whitney Yin, Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
    Title: "The dual functions of DNA polymerase gamma in replication and repair"

Student Poster Winners

  • Alexey Koyfman — Baylor College of Medicine
  • Rita Sirrieh — UTHSC-Houston
  • Chuan Hong — Baylor College of Medicine