Intrinsically Disordered Proteins (IDP)

As the 56th Annual Meeting approaches, we are pleased to invite you to attend the IDP Subgroup symposium, held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting. Each year, the IDP symposium organizers strive to put together a stimulating program that features scientists from the IDP field. This year’s symposium, co-chaired by Tanja Mittag and Deniz Ashok, has the theme Intrinsic Protein Disorder: Single Molecules to Systems Biology. The topics covered include technologies ranging from single molecule fluorescence to NMR, used to investigate the role of protein disorder in the assembly and regulation of large protein complexes including nuclear pores, clathrins, and antibodies.

In our tradition of reaching out to young scientists, we have solicited applications from postdoctoral researchers to speak at the symposium. From the outstanding applications we received, we are pleased to announce that Afua Nyarko, Oregon State University in Corvallis, and Martin Stöckl, University of Twente, The Netherlands, are recipients of the Subgroup’s 2012 Postdoctoral Research Awards. We are grateful to Molecular Kinetics, Inc., for their continued sponsorship of these awards.

The annual symposium will be held on Saturday, February 25, at 1:00 pm. The symposium will be preceded by a Disprot Advisory meeting at 9:00 am, followed by the Subgroup business meeting at 10:30 am. All members and interested individuals are welcome to attend. At the business meeting, we will elect new Subgroup officers, including a chair-elect; a secretary/treasurerelect; a new member of Council; postdoctoral and graduate student representatives; and the symposium co-chairs, who will be responsible for organizing the 2013 annual symposium.

If you aren’t a member of the Subgroup, please consider joining, attending the business meeting, and becoming involved. We are also collecting nominations for various open positions. Please send your nominations. We look forward to seeing you in San Diego.

Elisar Barbar, IDP Chair

Biopolymers in vivo (BIV)

BIV is pleased to announce that the following young scientists have been selected to give 15-minute presentations at the BIV Symposium on February 25:

  • Fred Etoc, Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris
    Magnetic Manipulation of Signaling “Hotspots” inside Living Cells Shows Context-Dependent Amplification of the RAC Pathway
  • Sangjin Kim, Yale University
    Probing Spatial Organization of MRNA in Bacterial Cells Using 3D Super-Resolution Microscopy

The speakers were chosen based on the abstracts submitted in the “Protein Biophysics in vivo” and “Nucleic Acid Biophysics in vivo” abstract categories. Each speaker will receive a $400 travel grant sponsored by the National Science Foundation (PHY1148598). Congratulations to Fred and Sangjin!

Margaret S. Cheung-Wyke, BIV Chair


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