As the Biophysical Society continues to grow, the Society's subgroups allow members to meet and interact within more focused areas in smaller groups. Subgroups hold scientific symposia and business meetings each year on the Saturday that starts the Annual Meeting. They also sponsor several awards, including the Student Research Achievement Awards (SRAA) Poster Competition.

Membership to the Society's subgroups is open to all members. New subgroups may be formed by petition, signed by at least 100 regular members. The petition and accompanying bylaws need to be approved by Council.

Intrinsically Disordered Proteins (IDP)

The IDP Subgroup provides a forum for the discussion of intrinsically disordered proteins, with topics including but not limited to experimental and theoretical studies of i) their intrinsically flexible state, ii) the mechanisms of their interactions with each other and with diverse partners including but not limited to structured proteins and nucleic acids, iii) their broadly defined functional roles in biological systems, and iv) their potential involvement in the pathogenesis of conformational and other diseases. The subgroup invites participants from all scientific disciplines with an interest in broadening our understanding of IDPs, ranging from biophysical studies of individual proteins to genomic and proteomic studies in whole organisms. The subgroup welcomes participants from all scientific disciplines, from biophysics and structural biology to proteomics and genomics and beyond.

Join the Intrinsically Disordered Proteins Subgroup Postdoctoral Research Awards


In order to join the Intrinsically Disordered Proteins Subgroup, you must be a member of the Society.

IDP State Letter — A virtual journal club for the IDP literature

Research in the area of intrinsically disordered proteins (IDPs) is, appropriately, very dynamic. To help keep up with the research, trainees within the IDP subgroup have organized a virtual journal club – The IDP State letter. Approximately once a month the completely trainee generated newsletter highlights either a particular aspect of developments in the burgeoning field of disordered protein structure and function or brings together a set of papers on a particular topic in IDP research.

To see the current and past IDP State Letters or to subscribe to mailing list to have new editions of the letter send to you please click here.

Tanja Mittag, Chair (2019)

Madon Babu, Chair-Elect (2020)

Loren Hough, Secretary-Treasurer (2020)

Steven Whitten, Secretary-Treasurer-Elect (2022)



Sara Vaiana (2019) 

Jeetain Mittal (2020)

Scott Schowalter (2021)

Kerstein Ruff, Postdoc Representative (2019)

Program Co-Chairs for 2018

Nick Fawzi (2019)

Hue Sun Chan (2019)


2018 Jim Baum  
2017  Garegin Papoian  University of Maryland 
2016 Elizabeth Rhoades Yale University
2015  Elizabeth Komives  University of California, San Diego
2014  Ashok Deniz Scripps Institute 
2013  Doug Barrick  Johns Hopkins University 
2012 Elisar Barbar Oregon State University
2011 David Eliezer Weill Cornell Medical College
2010 Rohit Pappu Washington University, St. Louis
2009 Richard Kriwacki St. Jude's Research Hospital
2007, 2008 Keith Dunker

Indiana University

2015  Tanja Mittag St. Jude Childrens Hospital
2014  Elizabeth Rhoades  Yale University 
2013 Steven Metallo Georgetown University
2012 Jianhan Chen Kansas State University
2011 Gary Daughdrill University of South Florida
2010 Trevor Creamer University of Kentucky School of Medicine
2016  Richard Kriwacki St. Jude Childrens Res Hosp
2015  Alla Kostyukova  Washington State University 
2014  Sarah Bondos  Texas A&M University 
2013 Reinhard Schweitzer-Stenner Drexel University
2012 Marc Ruff Institute for Genomic Biology
2011 Sonia Longhi AFMB
2010 Vladimir Uversky Indiana School of Medicine
Program Chairs  
2017 Joerg Gsponer University of British Columbia
  Madon Babu University of Cambridge
2014  Ben Schuler University of Zurich, Switzerland 
  Jianhan Chen  Kansas State University 
2013  Ursula Jakob University of Michigan 
  Garegin Papoian  University of Maryland 
2012 Tanja Mittag St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
  Ashok Deniz Scripps Research Institute
2011 Trevor Creamer University of Kentucky School of Medicine
  Koby Levy Weizmann Institute
  Collin Stultz Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Elisar Barbar

Oregon State University

  Huang-Xiang Zhou Florida State University
2009 Yuan Chen Beckman Research Institute
  Peter Tompa Hungarian Academy of Science
2008 Rohit Pappu Washington University, St. Louis
  David Eliezer Weill Cornell Medical College
2007 Vladimir Uversky Indiana University School of Medicine
  Richard Kriwacki St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

2018 Symposium

Saturday, February 17, 2018
San Francisco, California
12:30 PM–6:15 PM

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2017 Symposium

Saturday, February 11, 2017
New Orleans, Louisiana
1:00 PM–7:00 PM

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2016 Symposium

Saturday, February 27, 2016
Los Angeles, California
10:00 AM–6:30 PM

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2015 Symposium

Saturday, February 27, 2015
Baltimore, Maryland
10:00 AM–6:30 PM

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2014 Symposium

Saturday, February 15, 2014
San Francisco, California
9:00 AM–5:15 PM

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2013 Symposium

Saturday, February 2, 2013
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
9:00 AM–5:50 PM

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Year Winner Institution Sponsor
Shana Elbaum-Garfinkle
Alexander Tischer
Princeton University
Mayo Clinic
Li Ou
Volodymyr Shvadchak 
Florida State University
University of Twente, Netherlands 
Huan Xiang-Zhou
Vinod Subramaniam 
Andrea Soranno
Tzachi Hagai 
ETH Zurich
University of Cambridge 
Ben Schuler
Madan Babu 
Abhinav Nath
Xu Wang 
Yale University
Elizabeth Rhoades
Afua Nyarko
Martin Stoeckl 
Oregon State University
University of Twente, Netherlands 
Elisar Barbar
Vinod Subramaniam 
Allan Ferreon
Loren Hough 
The Scripps Research Institute
Rockefeller University 
Ashok Deniz
Michael Rout 
Ariele Viacava Follis
Chung-ke Chang
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Academia Sinica, Taiwan
Richard Kriwacki


Tanja Mittag
Sohini Chakraborti

The Hospital for Sick Children
University of Cambridge
Julie Forman-Kay
Alan Tunacliff

These bylaws were approved by unanimous vote at the IDP Subgroup Business Meeting in March 2007.

Article 1

Purpose: The purpose of the IDP Subgroup shall be to advance and disseminate knowledge regarding the structural and physical properties, mechanisms of interaction, and biological functions of intrinsically disordered or unstructured proteins, which are also known as natively unfolded, naturally disordered, and rheomorphic proteins, amongst other names.

Article 2

Membership: Members of the Biophysical Society can join the IDP Subgroup; non-members of the Biophysical Society are welcome to participate in IDP Subgroup activities.

Article 3

Dissolution: This group may be dissolved at the discretion of the Council of the Biophysical Society.

Article 4

Meetings: Business meetings shall be held in connection with the annual scientific meeting of the Biophysical Society. Five percent of the members of the IDP Subgroup or 10 members, whichever is smaller, shall constitute a quorum.

Scientific meetings shall be held at the discretion of the Council. These meetings will be held in association with the annual Biophysical Society meetings.

Article 5

Dues: In addition to those requested by the Biophysical Society, dues of $20/year will be levied by the Subgroup Council.

Article 6

Officers: The officers of the group will be a group Chairman, Chairman-elect, Secretary-Treasurer, and two Program-Co-chairs, one Postdoctoral Fellow Representative and one Graduate Student Representative. The Chairman-elect shall serve one year as such followed by one year as Chairman. The Secretary-Treasurer shall be elected for a term of two years and the Program Co-Chairs shall be elected for a period of 1 year. The Postdoctoral Fellow and Graduate Student Representative will serve one year with an option to run for a second one year term.

Article 7

Council: The Council will be responsible for the fulfillment of the scientific and business obligations of the group. The Officers, the immediate past Chairman and 3 members elected at large shall constitute this Council. The at-large council members will serve staggered 3-year terms, with one new member elected each year. The Council shall have power to conduct other business by means of mail vote. The affairs of the Group shall be handled by the officers in accordance with the policies determined by the Council.

Article 8

Nominating Committee: The members of the Council shall constitute the nominating committee. Nominations will also be received from the floor at the annual business meeting or by e-mail or letter up to two weeks prior to the annual meeting. Nominees will accept their nomination prior to being placed on a ballot.

Article 9

Elections: Elections shall be held at the annual meeting of the Biophysical Society. The candidate for each office receiving the highest number of votes will be elected. Officers will take office at the end of the annual business meeting held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Biophysical Society. Interim vacancies in officers or councilors will be filled in accordance with By-Law Article IX of the Biophysical Society.

Article 10

Amendments to the By-Laws: Amendments should arise from the members of the IDP Subgroup, approved by a two-thirds majority of the Council, and ratified in a mail ballot by a majority of the members of the group voting.