The 21st Annual Structural Biology Annual Symposium -  2016

The 21st Annual Symposium was successfully held on April 23, 2016 at the Levin Hall on UTMB campus. Six talks were presented by renowned scientists. The program also included a poster session and several social events to allow formal and informal discussion with the speakers and other symposium participants.


  • Patrick Griffin, PhD, Professor, Molecular Therapeutics, The Scripps Research Institute, Scripps Florida
    Title: "Differential HDX to Probe Ligand Mediated Receptor Signaling"
  • Nick Grishin, PhD, Professor, Department of Biochemistry, HHMI, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
    Title: "Evolutionary Classification of Protein Domains"
  • Jun Qin, PhD, Professor, Department of Molecular Cardiology, Lerner Research Institute and Cleveland Clinic
    Title: "Structural Elucidation of Weak Protein-protein Interactions in Cell Adhesion"
  • Matthew Redinbo, PhD, Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Title: "Structural and Chemical Biology of Drugging the Microbiome"
  • Gary Ren, PhD, 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, PhD, Professor, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, University of Texas Medical Branch
    Title: "Glutamate Dehydrogenase: Structure, Regulation, Evolution, Insulin, Cancer, and a Cup of Tea"

Student Poster Winners

  • Melvin Young; Baylor College of Medicine
    Title: Computational Modeling and Design of Orthogonal GPCR-Mediated Signaling Complexes
  • Emily Thomas; Rice University
    Title: Post-Translational Control Over Metabolic Labeling of Newly Synthesized Proteins

Postdocs Poster Winners

  • Didier Devaurs; Rice University
    Title: Guiding Protein Conformational Sampling With Experimental HDX-MS Data
  • Valerie Klema; UTMB
    Title: Dengue Virus Nonstructural Protein 5 (NS5) Assembles into a Dimer With a Unique Methyltransferase and Polymerase Interface