Save the Date – April 8-10, 2016

Mark your calendars! The 24th Annual Texas Protein Folders and Function Meeting will be April 8-10, 2016 at The Retreat at Artesian Lakes (http://www.artesianlakes.com/).

The 2016 KEYNOTE SPEAKERS are:

Rama Ranganathan, M.D., Ph.D., Professor and Director, Cecil H. and Ida Green Comprehensive Center for Molecular, Computational, and Systems Biology at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.

Brian Kuhlman, Ph.D., Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine.

Please spread the word to colleagues who may not know about the meeting. We hope to see you all there!

Cheers,
Steve Lockless (Texas A&M), chair
Clay Clark (UT Arlington), co-chair

Can you see me now?

Then you can thank this protein for not aggregating in your eyes.


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Jim Hebda, a new faculty member at Austin College led off the 23rd Annual Texas Protein Folding and Function meeting by talking about how alpha crystallin can form different oligomeric forms. Jim and his students used FRET and smFRET to examine subunit exchange.

Update – registration is open!

Registration is still open!   Please register for the 23rd Texas Protein Folding & Function Meeting at http://txfolders.tamu.edu (April 10-12, 2015, The Retreat at Artesian Lakes, Cleveland, TX). Registration fees can be paid by credit card or personal check.  To pay with a credit card, please call Jenny Ponzio, jp-ponzio@tamu.edu, 979-845-1435.

Abstract submission is now closed, but you can still bring posters!   Please let us know (txfolders@gmail.com) if you are bringing a poster, so we can prepare a poster board.

Speakers :

Dr. Michael Rosen (Keynote, Department of Biophysics at UT Southwestern and an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute) “Phase Separation of MultiValent Signaling Proteins

Dr. Angel E. Garcia (Keynote, Department of Physics, Applied Physics, and Astronomy, Professor of Physics, Biocomputation and Bioinformatics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) “Reversible folding/unfolding of RNA tetraloops

Dr. Ricardo Bernal (Department of Chemistry, UTEP)  “Ring separation highlights the protein folding mechanism used by the phage EL encoded chaperonin

Dr. Vishal Gohil (Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Texas A & M) “Discovery and characterization of novel proteins in mitochondrial respiratory chain biogenesis

Dr. Elizabeth Goldsmith (Department of Biochemistry, UTSW) “WNK kinase autophosphorylation is controlled by chloride and osmotic pressure

Dr. James Hebda (Department of Chemistry, Austin College) “Stability and Dynamics of Alpha Crystallin Oligomers Probed by FRET and FCS Reveal Persistent Oligomerization under Dilute Conditions”

Dr. Rakez Kayed (Department of Neurology, UTMB) “Tau aggregation and the formation of neurotoxic oligomeric structures

Dr. Jungsoon Lee (Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology,  BCM) “A Substrate Guided Mechanism that Facilitates Protein Disaggregation by the Hsp104 ATPase

Dr. Monte Pettitt (Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, UTMB) “Protein aggregation, collapse and disorder: Model systems

Dr. Bryan Sutton (Cellular Physiology and Molecular Biophysics, TTUHSC) “A Field Guide to the C2 Domains of the Ferlin Proteins

Dr. Chien-Hung Yu (Department of Physiology, UTSW) “A code within the code: codon usage affects translational dynamics to regulate protein folding

Dr. Jessie Zhang (Department of Chemistry, University of Texas at Austin) “Nature’s Imitation Game: Deciphering the Code of Eukaryotic Transcription

Please spread the word to colleagues who may not know about the folding AND FUNCTION meeting.

We hope to see everyone there!

 

Registration Now Open

When: April 10 – 12, 2015

Where: The Retreat at Artesian Lakes, Cleveland, TX

Abstract deadline March 29, 2015 please send as a word file to txfolders@gmail.com

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

Registration Fees: Single $350.00 Double $300.00

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 27, 2015.

2015 Keynote Speakers

Dr. Michael Rosen, the Chair of the Department of Biophysics at UT Southwestern and an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, is confirmed to speak at the 2015 Texas Protein Folders and Function meeting.

The Rosen Lab studies the physical mechanisms of actin regulation to understand both the structure and dynamics of individual pathway components and also how and why those components are organized into micron-scale cellular assemblies.

Dr. Angel E. Garcia,  Department Head of department of Physics, Applied Physics, and Astronomy, Professor of Physics; Senior Constellation Chaired Professor in Biocomputation and Bioinformatics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, is confirmed to speak at the 2015 Texas Protein Folders and Function meeting.

The Garcia lab studies theoretical and computational aspects of the structure, dynamics and stability of biological molecules.