2014 Annual Meeting

The Biopolymers in vivo (BIV) subgroup is excited about plans for the 2014 San Francisco Annual Meeting. Program Co-Chairs Jeff Skolnick
and Gilad Haran have chosen as a theme for the BIV subgroup symposium, “Molecular Machines and How They Function Inside Cells.” We have confirmed the two keynote talks, which will be given by Sunney Xie, Harvard University, and Judith Frydman, Stanford University. Watch
this spot in a future newsletter for the full speaker line-up.

Please encourage your students to participate in the Student Research Achievement Award (SRAA) poster competition and your postdoctoral fellows to submit abstracts for next year’s Annual Meeting on topics that might be featured at the BIV symposium. We will be selecting young investigator speakers to present at the BIV symposium based on the submitted abstracts.

BIV Logo Contest

The BIV Logo Contest has launched! We are now accepting entries until December 31, 2013. The winner and two finalists will be announced at the San Francisco subgroup business meeting, and the winning logo will be plastered all over all BIV subgrouprelated materials, as well as printed on the subgroup t-shirt! Only students and postdocs are eligible to enter, and there is no limit to the number of entries any individual may submit. Designs should capture the essence of the BIV subgroup: biophysics inside the cell, and be suitable for printing on a t-shirt. The winner will receive a cash prize of $100 (must attend the meeting to receive your award!), and the winner and two runners-up will be invited to join the subgroup dinner without cost. Judging will be done by all the officers of the BIV subgroup. Submit your entries to Lila Gierasch at:

Lila Gierasch, Chair


New Journal: Intrinsically Disordered Proteins
(An interview with the journal editor A. Keith Dunker)

Our subgroup has exciting news to share: the first journal devoted to intrinsically disordered proteins was launched this spring. We interviewed A. Keith Dunker, editor-in-chief of Intrinsically Disordered Proteins, who explains the journal’s scope and contribution to the field.

Q: What are the factors behind the creation of the Intrinsically Disordered Proteins journal?

Since the first publications on IDP research in the mid-1990s, the field has continued to grow. Today, we can certainly say that it is a mature field: the creation of the IDP Subgroup at the Biophysical Society, the establishment of the IDP Gordon Research Conference, and the large number of new publications are a few examples showing how much this field has developed. The creation of the Intrinsically Disordered Proteins journal fits very well into that list; showing that our research is well-established among the scientific community.

Q: What is your message to researchers that consider publishing in the Intrinsically Disordered Protein journal?

If you publish in Intrinsically Disordered Proteins, your article will be viewed as a part of a growing field, as opposed to a singularity among other non-IDP works. Regarding the scope of the journal, we expect to publish articles involving a variety of methodologies, and we really look forward to biological papers revealing the role of IDPs in the cell as well as physics-oriented papers explaining the mechanism by which IDPs work. We encourage IDP researchers to submit their papers and participate in establishing the first IDP journal.

For more information about the journal visit

María Antonieta Sánchez Farrán, Graduate Student Representative 2012-2013, IDP Subgroup

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