The 27th Structural Biology Annual Symposium - 2023


The Center's 27th Annual Symposium was successfully held on April 29th. Five talks were presented by renowned scientists and students and postdoctoral fellows presented posters. Four of those posters were selected for awards of $100. The winners were Jaila Lewis, Mariia Rybak, Savannah Seely, and Justin Van Riper.

27th Annual Symposium

Picture from Left to Right: Mariia Rybak (UTMB, Postdoc), Jaila Lewis (U of H, student), Justin Van Riper (BCM, student), Savannah Seely (UTMB, student), Professors Matthieu Gagnon and Werner Braun (Chair and co-Chair)

2023 Abstract Book (PDF)


  • Ruben L. Gonzalez Jr., Ph.D. , Professor, Department of Chemistry , Columbia University, New York, NY
    Title: "The Structural Dynamics of mRNA Activation During Eukaryotic Translation Initiation"
  • Krishna Rajarathnam, Ph.D. , Professor, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
    University of Texas Medical Branch
    Galveston, TX
    Title: "Targeting Chemokine Interactions for Inflammatory Diseases – What Structures Can Tell Us"
  • John A. Tainer, Ph.D. , Professor, Department of Molecular and Cellular Oncology , University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
    Title: "Defining and Hitting Moving Targets for Cancer Biology"
  • David W. Taylor, Ph.D. , Associate Professor , Molecular Biosciences , University of Texas, Austin, TX
    Title: "Reengineering CRISPR-Cas Effector Complexes"
  • Junjie Zhang, Ph.D. , Associate Professor , Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics , Texas A&M University
    College Station, TX, Title: "Single-stranded RNA Phages: From Bacterial Lysis to Virulence Reduction"

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