The 22nd Annual Structural Biology Annual Symposium -  2017

On May 6th, 2017, the 22nd Structural Biology Annual Symposium was successfully held with the theme "Macromolecular Interactions and Complexes". Six talks were given by renowned scientists. Of the 55 posters presented six student posters were selected as winners. Each winner was awarded a prize of $200.


  • James Chou, PhD, Professor, Department of Biological Chemistry & Molecular Pharmacology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
    Title: “Pore Architecture and Ion Selectivity Filter of the Mitochondrial Calcium Uniporter”
  • Rachelle Gaudet, PhD, Professor, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University, Boston, MA
    Title: “Panning for Precious Metals: Mechanics of a Transition Metal Transporter”
  • Petr Leiman, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Sealy Center for Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX
    Title: “Structure and Function of Contractile Injection Systems”
  • Daniela Nicastro, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Cell Biology & Biphysics, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX
    Title: “Probing the Molecular Organization of Cells and Organelles using Cryo-ET and TYGRESS”
  • Brian Shoichet, PhD, Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, UCSF School of Pharmacy, San Francisco, CA
    Title: “Docking for New Chemotypes Against Under- and Over-studied GPCRs”
  • Kylie Walters, PhD, Senior Investigator, Structural Biophysics Laboratory
    Head, Protein Processing Section, Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute, Frederick, MD
    Title: “Structural and Mechanistic Basis of Substrate Recognition by the Proteasome”
2017 Poster Winners

Poster Winners

  • Catherine Kemme; UTMB
    Title: Potential Role of DNA Methylation as a Facilitator of Target Search Processes for Transcription Factors Through Interplay With Methy-CpG Binding Proteins
  • Xingcheng Lin; Rice University
    Title: Investigation of the Thermodynamic Features of the PH Induced Conformational Rearrangement of Influenza Hemagglutinin
  • Caitlin Nurik; McGovern Medical School at UTHealth;
    Title: Lipid Charge Regulates the Structural and Functional Effect of Phosphorylation on AMPA Receptors
  • Michael Bell; Baylor College of Med.
    Title: Characterization of Whole-Frame Motion Correction Algorithms for Movie-Mode Images Collected By Direct Detection Devices
  • Didier Devaurs; Rice University
    Title: Studying Protein Structure Through Hydrogen Exchange and Conformational Sampling
  • Dinler Antunes; Rice University
    Title: Towards a General Method for Geometry Prediction of Peptide-HLA Complexes: Implications for Immunotherapy