Blacksburg, Virgina Networking Event

Molecular Biophysics Symposium
Virginia Bioinformatics Institute
Virginia Tech
November 6, 2014


Daniel Capelluto, Virginia Tech 


Andrew L. Lee, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill 
Kylie Walters, Center for Cancer Research, NCI, NIH


Virginia Tech will be hosting the first Molecular Biophysics Symposium focusing in structural biology studies of proteins. The event pursues two goals. First, it is designed to enrich the interaction among biophysical research groups located at the southwest of Virginia. Second, the symposium will offer undergraduate students (including those from North Carolina through VT-AMP), with interest in continuing their graduate studies in biophysics, to meet with local and invited biophysicists. We will encourage undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to participate in poster presentations.

Abstract Submission and Registration: 

Anyone interested in presenting a poster must submit their abstract when registering for the event. For abstract submission guidelines, please click here

Also, any undergraduates interested to meet with biophysicists will also need to upload their resumes when registering for the event. A list of biophysicists and their research interests will be available.  

  • The abstract submission deadline is October 24, 2014
  • The deadline for event registration and to sign up for a meeting with a biophysicist/structural biologist is October 31, 2014

To register or to submit an abstract for the event, please click here

Preliminary Program:

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM Registration and poster set-up/Breakfast
8:30 AM - 8:40 AMWelcome
8:40 AM - 9:25 AMKylie Walters 
Applying Molecular Biophysics to Reveal How Proteasome Recognizes Substrates
9:30 AM - 9:45 AMShort Talk 1
9:50 AM - 10:05 AMShort Talk 2
10:10 AM - 10:30 AM                      Coffee Break
10:30 AM - 11:15 AMAndrew Lee
Protein Side-Chain Dynamics in Ligand Binding and Allostery
11:20 AM - 11:35 AMShort Talk 3
11:40 AM - 11:55 AMShort Talk 4
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM LUNCH
1:00 PM - 2:30 PMPoster Session
2:35 PM - 3:05 PMBest Poster Presentation Awards Announced
3:05 PM -3:15 PMGroup Photo
3:15 PM - 5:15 PMMeeting of appointed undergraduates with biophysicists

Location and Parking: 

The event will take place at: 

Virginia Bioinformatics Institute
1015 Life Sciences Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24060

Parking permits could be obtained at the front desk at VBI (2nd floor). You will need to provide your vehicle's license plate number. To avoid being ticketed by parking service authorities, please, obtain parking permit for your vehicle as soon as you arrive on campus.


For more information about the event, please visit the event page or contact Daniel Capelluto at