Registration Awards

This year registration awards are available to cover the registration fee (but not travel costs) for students and postdocs with financial difficulties who could not otherwise attend the conference. To apply for one, please send an email to txfolders@gmail.com with subject line “TPFF Award” please include:

(1) a scientific abstract,

(2) a brief statement describing how attending will benefit the trainee

(3) a brief statement of support from the mentor.

The application deadline for Registration Awards is March 28, 2014.

2014 Keynote Speakers

Dr. Patricia Babbitt is a Professor of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco. She is at the forefront of genomic enzymology, which integrates computational and experimental methods to predict new enzyme activities.  Her early pioneering studies determined structural and mechanistic relationships between remotely related enzymes. Capitalizing on fundamental concepts from these studies, Dr. Babbitt develops and use the tools of bioinformatics and computational structural biology to predict protein functions from genome sequencing projects and address serious problems with misannotation in public sequence databases. She is one of the principle investigators in the Enzyme Function Initiative, a large consortium that aims to develop robust sequence/structure‑based strategies for facilitating discovery of in vitro enzymatic and in vivo physiological functions of unknown enzymes discovered in genome projects, a crucial limitation in genomic biology.

Dr. Josep Rizo (Jose Rizo-Rey) is a Professor of the Departments of Biophysics, Biochemistry and Pharmacology, and serves as the Chair of the Molecular Biophysics graduate program at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He received a B.Sc. degree in Organic Chemistry in 1981 from the University of Barcelona. During these college studies, he became very interested in quantum field theory and statistical mechanics, which led him to obtain a second B.Sc. degree, this time in theoretical physics, from the same University in 1988. During the 1982-1988 period, he also obtained M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in organic chemistry from the University of Barcelona, working in the laboratories of Ernest Giralt and Enrique Pedroso. He first worked on pioneering methodology to analyze peptides attached to solid supports by gel-phase 13C NMR spectroscopy, and later on the development of polar protecting groups for peptide synthesis. In 1989 he started postdoctoral research in the laboratory of Lila Gierasch at UT Southwestern, working on conformational studies of a variety of peptides by NMR spectroscopy and molecular dynamics. In the early 1990s he shifted his interest to protein NMR and protein folding. He established his independent research group in 1995 at UT Southwestern. The main focus of his research is the study of the mechanisms of neurotransmitter release and intracellular membrane fusion using structural biology, a variety of biophysical techniques and reconstitution approaches.

Registration Now Open

When: April 11 – 13, 2014

Where: The Retreat at Artesian Lakes, Cleveland, TX (New Location)

Abstract deadline March 28, 2014 please send as a word file to txfolders@gmail.com

Registration website: http://txfolders.tamu.edu

Registration Fees:     Single $320.00     Double $275.00

Registration Awards for Trainees:

This year registration awards are available to cover the registration fee, lodging and meals (but not travel costs) for students and postdocs with financial difficulties who could not otherwise attend the conference. To apply for one, please send an email with (1) a scientific abstract, (2) a brief statement describing the financial need and (3) a brief statement of support from the mentor to txfolders@gmail.com with subject line “TPFF Award”. The application deadline for Registration Awards is March 28, 2014.