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symposium 2008

The 3rd ISMB symposium was held on Thursday 19 June and Friday 20 June 2008.

A write up of the Symposium is now available. Please click here to download the document.


Time: 09.30-17.30 on Thursday 19 and 10.30-17.00 on Friday 20 June
Venue: Christopher Ingold Auditorium , Christopher Ingold Building, UCL Department of Chemistry, Gordon Street, London

*** Click here to download the latest programme and directions to the venue ***

PLEASE NOTE that all lectures will take place in the Christopher Ingold Auditorium, UCL Chemistry.

Lunch is not included in the Symposium arrangements but there are many sandwich shops, cafes and restaurants nearby.

Places for the Symposium are limited - Registration deadline: 12 June 2008
There is no charge to attend this event but it is necessary to register in advance. To register please send an email to the ISMB administrator at

- Day 1 - Thursday 19 June
09.30 - 09.35

Opening comments and welcome
Gabriel Waksman, Director of the Institute of Structural and Molecular Biology (ISMB)

Chemical Biology Programme
09.35 - 10.20 Peter Seeberger, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
‘Synthetic chemistry as key tool for glycomics: Understanding fundamental aspects of Malaria and Prion disease’
10.20 - 11.05 Stefan Howorka, Institute of Structural and Molecular Biology, UK
'Chemical tools for the sensing of individual DNA strands'
11.05 - 11.30 Tea and coffee break
11.30 - 12.15 Tom Muir, The Rockefeller University, USA
'Testing the 'Histone Code' hypothesis using synthesis'
12.15 - 14.00 Lunch break
14.00 - 14.05 Afternoon session – opening comments
David Latchman, Master of Birkbeck
Structural Biology Programme
14.05 - 14.50 Stephen Harrison, Harvard University, USA
'Molecular machineries for organizing and reorganizing membranes'
14.50 - 15.35 Neil McDonald, Institute of Structural and Molecular Biology, UK
'Structural biology of the atypical receptor tyrosine kinase RET - in sickness and in health'
15.35 - 16.00 Tea and coffee break
16.00 - 16.45 Marc Baldus, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Germany
'Molecular inhibition and activation studied in a membrane setting using solid-state NMR'
Biophysics / Proteomics Programme - Part 1
16.45 - 17.30

Ruedi Aebersold, Institute of Molecular Systems Biology, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
'Quantitative Proteomics and Systems Biology'

- Day 2 - Friday 20 June
Biophysics / Proteomics Programme - Part 2
10.30 - 10.35 Opening comments
Peter Mobbs, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Life Sciences, UCL
10.35 - 11.20 Carlos Bustamante, University of California, Berkeley, USA
'Grabbing the cat by the tail: Studies of DNA packaging by single phi29 bacteriophage particles using optical tweezers'
11.20 - 12.05 Peter Rich, Institute of Structural and Molecular Biology, UK
'Vibrational infrared spectroscopy: applications to biological electron and proton transfer '
12.05 - 14.00 Lunch break
Bioinformatics Programme
14.00 - 14.45 Peer Bork, EMBL, Germany
'Predicting biological function at different spatial scales'
14.45 - 15.30 Irilenia Nobeli, Institute of Structural and Molecular Biology, UK
'Small molecules for protein function identification'
15.30 - 16.00 Tea and coffee break
16.00 - 16.45 Michael Sternberg, Imperial College, UK
'Modelling protein structure, function and interactions'
16.45 - 16.50 Concluding remarks



symp write up

Institute of Structural Molecular Biology, University of London
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