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ISMB Retreat 2017

Thursday 29 and Friday 30 June 2017

About the Retreat Registration Further information for attendees

The aim of the retreat is to explore our links to biology, to build connections between ISMB members and to encourage collaboration. The retreat aims to give the strongest voice to students and postdocs at UCL and Birkbeck.

The 7th ISMB Retreat took place on Thursday 29th and Friday 30th June 2017. The report is available here.


All activities take place in the Auditorium, except where otherwise noted.
Thursday 29 June
11.30 - 12.00
Arrival and registration in the Auditorium foyer
12.00 - 12.55
Buffet lunch in the Garden Restaurant
12.55 - 13.00
Welcome address
13.00 - 13.40
Keynote talk:

A hub for mRNA 3’end processing: Molecular insights into polyadenylation
Dr Lori Passmore, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge

13.40 - 14.20
Student and postdoc presentations, Session I


The role of clathrin light chains in the diversification of clathrin function
Lisa Redlingshoefer

A combinatorial single-molecule study of ligand-gated ion channels and monoclonal antibodies
Alexander Yon

14.20 - 14.40
Tea and Coffee break in the Dining Hall
14.40 - 15.40
Student and postdoc presentations, Session II

The complete structure of an open, activated sodium channel elucidates the molecular basis of channel gating
Jennifer Booker

Developing a computational platform to investigate the impacts of disease-causing mutations on protein function
Camilla Pang

Protein dynamics and conformational disease: Multi-timescale characterisation of alpha-1-antitrypsin by NMR
Alistair Jagger


15.40 - 16.00
Break before activity

16.00 - 18.00
Activity: 'From idea to business: developing an entrepreneurial skillset'
From 16.00 - theme A: Auditorium Lounge, theme B: Linnett Room, theme C: Garden Room
From 17.15 - all in Auditorium
18.00 - 18.30
Free time before dinner
18.30 - 20.00
Dinner in the Dining Hall

20.00 - 22.00
Poster session in the Dining Hall

Friday 30 June
From 07.30
Breakfast in the Garden Restaurant
+ Taking down posters in the Dining Hall
09.00 - 09.40
Keynote talk:
Redox tuning for survival in O2: photosynthesis, light and energy limits
Prof Bill Rutherford FRS, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Imperial College London, UK

09.40 - 10.40
Student and postdoc presentations, Session III


Wrapping it up with archaeal histones
Sapir Ofer

Bits and blobs - how huntingtin aggregates form
Thomas Peskett

Engineering sulfonium salts for the synthesis of novel Positron Emission Tomography tracers
Klaudia Cybulska

10.40 - 11.00
Tea and Coffee break in the Dining Hall

11.00 - 11.40
Student and postdoc presentations, session IV


How do proteins fold while they are being made?
Anaïs Cassaignau

The conformational sampling of arginine side-chains
Ruth Dingle

11.40 - 12.20
Keynote talk:
Isoforms of PI 3-kinase: from gene & structure to the clinic
Prof Bart Vanhaesebroeck, Cell Signalling - UCL Cancer Institute, UK
12.20 - 12.25
Awards for best poster and best oral presentation
12.25 - 12.30
Closing remarks

12.30 - 14.00
Buffet Lunch in the Garden Restaurant
Coaches depart from the front of Robinson College at 13.45 and 14.00 for anyone requiring transport to Cambridge train station.


Previous Retreats

6th ISMB Retreat
30 June & 1 July 2015

5th ISMB Retreat

3 & 4 July 2013

4th ISMB Retreat
21 & 22 June 2011

3rd ISMB Retreat

24 & 25 June 2009

ISMB Retreat
19 & 20 June 2007

ISMB Retreat
27 & 28 June 2005





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