Membrane Biophysics

2011 Annual Symposium

The focus of the 2011 Membrane Biophysics Subgroup Symposium was Single Molecule Approaches to Ion Channel Structure & Function. The meeting was organized and chaired by Stephen Tucker, University of Oxford, and started off with a description by Gabriela Popescu, SUNY Buffalo, of how immensely powerful single-channel electrical recordings of ion channel behavior can still be. Highlights of the meeting included talks by Baljit Khakh, University of California, Los Angeles, on combining electrical recordings with the use of quantum dots to study the trafficking of P2X receptors, and from Scott Blanchard, Cornell University, on the use of single-molecule FRET to probe novel conformational states of a membrane transporter. Following in this theme of combining single molecule electrical and fluorescence measurements both Rikard Blunck, University of Montreal, and Mark Wallace, Oxford University, described how new methods meant these approaches could now be applied to many different classes of both prokaryotic and eukaryotic ion channels.

2012 Annual Symposium

Paul Slesinger, Salk Institute, the current subgroup Chair, is busy organizing the 2012 Membrane Biophysics Symposium, Dancing with New Structures: Insights into Transport Function. This symposium will cover some of the latest discoveries using high-resolution structures to significantly advance our understanding of the function of channels, pumps, and transporters. Stay tuned for more details. See you in San Diego!


Diomedes Logothetis, Virginia Commonwealth University, was elected Chair-Elect at the 2011 Subgroup business meeting. He will be responsible for organizing the 2013 symposium.

Subgroup Email List

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Th e program for the 6th Annual Symposium of the Intrinsically Disordered Proteins subgroup has been finalized. Under the theme of Intrinsic
Protein Disorder: Single Molecules to Systems Biology, the program co-chairs Tanja Mittag and Ashok Deniz have assembled the following talks. We look forward to seeing you in San Diego!
Antoine Van Oijen, University of Groningen, Single-molecule fluorescence study of p53 sliding; Jane Dyson, The Scripps Research Institute, Solution NMR as an investigational tool for disordered and partly folded proteins; Kai Wucherpfennig, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Role of disorder in T-cell signaling; Michael Rexach, University of California, Santa Cruz, Sorting with Disorder at Nuclear Pores; Madan Babu, MRC-Laboratory Cambridge, Regulation of protein disorder in genetic networks/Systems Biology of IDPs; Eileen Lafer, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, Role of disorder in clathrin lattice assembly; Martin Blackledge, Institute de Biologie Structurale, Grenoble, NMR methods for characterization of disordered ensembles; Doug Barrick, John Hopkins University, The role of an intrinsically disordered region in assembling the Notch transcriptional activation complex; Johannes Buchner, Technical University of Munich (Keynote Speaker), Intrinsic disorder at the heart of antibody assembly and secretion control

IDP Papers of Interest

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