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SMALP 2019

Michael Overduin

Friday, 26 April 2019 from 09:00 to 17:00 (CEST)

SMALP 2019

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The SMALP 2019 Conference will be held in Utrecht on Friday April 26, 2019. Workshops will be offered in Antoinette Killian's laboratory on 25th and potentially on 29th. In addition to learn more about SMALPin and native naodiscsg, you'll have the opportunity to celebrate King’s day, which is a very special festival holiday in The Netherlands.

We'll discuss the latest developments in polymer chemistry, methods and applications in membrane biology, biophysics and structural biology and explore new alternatives.


Antoinette Killian, Professor at Utrecht University, heads the research group Membrane Biochemistry & Biophysics and aims to understand how membrane proteins are modulated by lipids using model systems and amphipathic polymers to purify and study how peptide and proteins including amyloids engage native lipids.

Tim Dafforn, Professor of Biotechnology at the University of Birmingham and Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, co-invented the SMALP system for research into membrane proteins by methods including SANS, SAXS and cEM, and presented SMALPs: polymers, lipids and proteins.


Michael Overduin, Professor, Department of Biochemistry at the University of Alberta is developing novel amphipathic polymers and methods to solubilize and study native membrane protein complexes including infectious prions and beta barrels.



Confirmed Speakers

Vincent PostisLeeds Beckett University, focuses on functional and structural characterisation of membrane transporters, and develops techniques including SMALP methods to improve membrane protein production and crystallisation, including the design of automated methods for the high throughput cloning, expression, 2D and 3D crystallisation and elucidation of membrane protein structures by cryo-electron microscopy. He is also Editor In Chief at Molecular Membrane Biology.

Jean-Louis Baneres, Head of the Molecular Pharmacology Department at the Institut des Biomolécules Max Mousseron, Université Montpellier is interested in membrane protein biochemistry, purification approaches and G Protein-Coupled Receptor (GPCR) functioning in their native conformations.

Karen Edler , Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Bath and member of the Centre for Sustainable Chemical TechnologiesCentre for Nanoscience & Nanotechnologyand Centre for Biosensors, Bioelectronics and Biodevicesfocuses on the formation of functional, hierarchically structured materials in order to design new materials including micelles, nanoparticles, polymers using self-assembly in solution and at interfaces.

Siewert Jan Marrink, Head of Molecular Dynamics Group, Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Groningen is unravelling the lateral organization principles of biological membranes, and developing efficient computational models to simulate molecular processes. He is the Director of the Berendsen Center for Multiscale Modeling and Material Design, an European Research Council Advanced Grant awardee and organizer of Martini Workshops.

Bob Gennis, Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, studies the structure and mechanisms of prokaryotic respiratory enzymes that generate a membrane potential, and recently published on the Structure of the alternative complex III (ACIII) from Flavobacterium johnsoniae in SMA copolymer nanodiscs by cryoEM.


Sandro Keller, Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Vice Dean, Faculty of Biology, University of Kaiserslautern and Associate Editor, Biophysics Section, Journal of Membrane Biology, studies the design, assembly and exchange dynamics of SMA and DIBMA based lipid particles.

Bert Klumperman is holder of the South African Research Chair on Advanced Macromolecular Architectures at the Department of Chemistry and Polymer Science at Stellenbosch University. He investigates nano-structured materials for biomedical applications, conducts mechanistic and kinetic studies of radical polymerisation processes, and performs exploratory polymer chemistry for advanced applications.

Do you have questions about SMALP 2019? Contact Michael Overduin
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T1L 1H5 Utrecht

Friday, 26 April 2019 from 09:00 to 17:00 (CEST)

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