ISMB Symposium

2021 ISMB Symposium, 7-8 January

We are delighted to announce the 2021 ISMB Symposium, held in honour of its founding director, Professor Gabriel Waksman.

The Symposium will take place online via Microsoft Teams on Thursday 7th and Friday 8th January 2021.

All are welcome – the Symposium is accessed via a Teams Meeting link.
Please find the link included in promotional emails, or email ‘‘ to be sent it.


Day 1, Thursday 7th January 2021, 10:00-16:30 (GMT)
Session 1, 10:00-12:00 (120 minutes). Chair: Jerome Gouge

10:00 Welcome by Finn Werner and Introduction by David Latchman

10:20-10:40 Remi Fronzes, IECB, France
A structural biology tale of bacterial swords and shields

10:45-11:05 Sebastian Geibel, University of Würzburg, Germany
Structural biology of type VII secretion systems

11:10-11:30 Anthony Roberts, ISMB, UK
Building the cilium with ATP-driven molecular motors

11:35-11:55 Carolyn Moores, ISMB, UK
Switching kinesin motors on and off

12:00-13:00 Lunch break

Session 2, 13:00-14:45 (105 minutes). Chair: Kostas Thalassinos

13:00-13:20 Jim Naismith, Rosalind Franklin Institute, UK
Insights from structural biology into infectious diseases, Covid19 and bacteria

13:25-13:45 Han Remaut, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
Curli – structure, function and application of a bacterial amyloid pathway

13:50-14:10 Giulia Zanetti, ISMB, UK
A complex COPII network revealed by cryo-electron tomography

14:15-14:35 Stefan Howorka, ISMB, UK
Biomimetic membrane pores made from DNA

14:40-15:10 Coffee break

Session 3, 15:10-16:25 (100 minutes). Chair: Snezana Djordjevic

15:10-15:40 Jorge Galan, Yale School of Medicine, US
The Salmonella type III secretion machine

15:50-16:20 John Kuriyan, Berkeley College of Chemistry, US
Deep Mutagenesis of a DNA Polymerase Clamp Loader System

16:30 Close of day 1

Day 2, Friday, 8th January, 2021, 10:00-15:00 (GMT)

Session 4, 10:00-12:00 (90 minutes). Chair: Phil Robinson

10:00-10:20 Harry Low, Imperial College London, UK
Bacterial Vipp1 and PspA are members of the ancient ESCRT-III membrane remodelling superfamily

10:25-10:45 Amandine Marechal, ISMB, UK
Mitochondrial respiratory super-complexes

10:50-11:10 Anastasia Mylona, ISMB, UK
A temporal phosphorylation code controls the function of c-Jun/JNK signaling in transcription and cancer

11:15-11:35 John Christodoulou, ISMB, UK
Protein Folding on the Ribosome’11:15-11:35

12:00-13:00 Lunch break

Session 5, 13:00-14:30 (90 minutes). Chair: Andres Ramos

13:00-13:30 Ann Stock, Centre for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine, USA [-5hrs]
Transcription factors as antimicrobial drug targets: exploring the sensitivity of two-component system output to response regulator sufficiency

13:35-13:55 Finn Werner, ISMB, UK
‘A paradigm shift in archaeal transcription regulation

14:00-14:30 Helen Saibil, ISMB, UK
The evolution of structural biology at the ISMB

14:30 Closure and concluding remarks by Frances Brodsky

Previous ISMB Symposia

Since 2004, the biennial ISMB Symposium has taken place in Bloomsbury on even years, with talks from eminent speakers in the five ISMB core areas of Structural Biology, Chemical Biology, Computational Biology, Bioinformatics and Proteomics, and Biochemistry and Cell Biology. Reports on some of these Symposia can be read below.

8th Symposium, 18-19 June 2018

6th Symposium, 17-18 June 2014

5th Symposium, 20-21 June 2012 

4th Symposium, 17-18 June 2010

3rd Symposium, 19-20 June 2008