Thematic Meeting in Poland

Significance of Knotted Structures for Function of Proteins and Nucleic Acids

September 17–21, 2014, University of Warsaw, Poland

Organizing Committee:

Wilma Olson, Rutgers University
Jose Onuchic, Rice University
Mattias Rief, Technical University of Munich, Germany
Joanna Sulkowska, University of Warsaw, Poland
Sarah Woodson, Johns Hopkins University

The Biophysical Society is organizing a meeting that will be hosted by the University of Warsaw on the significance of knotted structures for functions of proteins and nucleic acids. Attracting both experimentalists and theoreticians in the fields of biophysics, biology, and mathematics, this meeting will explore topics related to knotting, linking, and general entanglement in proteins and nucleic acids, and their relationship to folding and function. The focus will be on using physical principles to understand how nature controls tangling and untangling in both proteins and nucleic acids, focusing on understanding the consequences for function of those biomolecules.

Abstract Submission Deadline: May 12, 2014
Registration Deadline: June 23, 2014

For program information, registration, and abstract submission,


Ebbe Andersen, Aarhus University, Denmark
Anjum Ansari, University of Illinois at Chicago
Dorothy Buck, Imperial College London, United Kingdom
Janusz Bujnicki, International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, Poland
Marek Cieplak, Polish Academy of Science, Poland
Jane Clarke, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
Nicolas Clauvelin, Rutgers University
Remus Dame, Leiden Institute of Chemistry, Netherlands
Isabel Darcy, University of Iowa
Tetsuo Deguchi, Ochanomizu University, Japan
Giovanni Dietler, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
Juli Feigon, University of California, Los Angeles
Alexander Grosberg, New York University
Sarah Harris, University of Leeds, United Kingdom
Ya-Ming Hou, Thomas Jefferson University
Sophie Jackson, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
Patricia Jennings, University of California, San Diego
Robert Jernigan, Iowa State University
Andrzej Kolinski, University of Warsaw, Poland
Stephen Levene, University of Texas, Dallas
Hongbin Li, University of British Columbia, Canada
John Maddocks, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
Tony Maxwell, John Innes Centre, Norwich Research Park, United Kingdom
Kenneth C. Millett, University of California, Santa Barbara
Wladek Minnor, University of Virginia
Alexey Murzin, Medical Research Council Centre, United Kingdom
Jose Onuchic, Rice University
Eric Rawdon, University of St. Thomas
Phoebe Rice, University of Chicago
Tamar Schlick, New York University
Chris Soteros, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
Andrzej Stasiak, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
De Witt Sumners, Florida State University
Piotr Szymczak, University of Warsaw, Poland
Shoji Takada, Kyoto University, Japan
Dave Thirumalai, University of Maryland
Joanna Trylska, Center of New Technologies, Poland
Mariel Vazquez, San Francisco State University
Peter Virnau, Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany
Paul Whitford, Northeastern University
Stuart Whittington, University of Toronto, Canada
Peter Wolynes, Rice University
Michael Woodside, University of Alberta, Canada
Todd Yeates, University of California, Los Angeles
Ada E. Yonath, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
Lynne E. Zechiedrich, Baylor College of Medicine