The 27th SCSB Annual Symposium

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Each Year, the SCSB hosts a symposium to highlight current research. The invited speakers are world renowned leaders in their fields of research.

The 27th Structural Biology Annual Symposium

Date: Saturday, April 29, 2023
Location: Health Education Center (HEC) Room 1.200
Chair: Prof. Matthieu G. Gagnon
co-Chair: Prof. Werner Braun

The Center's 27 th 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)

Invited Speakers

Ruben L. Gonzalez Jr., Ph.D.
Department of Chemistry
Columbia University
New York, NY
Title: "The Structural Dynamics of mRNA Activation During Eukaryotic Translation Initiation"

Krishna Rajarathnam, Ph.D.
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.
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"