Annual Retreat

Current and Past Biophysics Retreats

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24th Annual Biophysics Retreat 

Wednesday, October 11th, 2023

Dr. Sua Myong
Boston Children’s Hospital at Harvard Medical School

Built-in pop-up switches that modulate gene expression


Dr. Kylie Walters
Center for Structural Biology of the National Cancer Institute

Mechanisms of protein degradation: from structures to PROTACs




23rd Annual Biophysics Retreat 

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Keynote Speaker – Dr. Bil Clemons
Professor of Biochemistry,
California Institute of Technology

A mechanistic look at tail-anchored membrane protein targeting - the catalytic cycle of the targeting factor Get3



22nd Annual Biophysics Retreat 

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Keynote Speaker – Dr. Ann McDermott
Esther Breslow Professor of Biological Chemistry,
Columbia University

Signaling in Ion channels and other systems—Insights from NMR



21st Annual Biophysics Retreat Virtual

Monday, September 28, 2020

Keynote Speaker – Dr. Thomas R. Broker, '66
Emeritus Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine

HPV-Host Cell Interactions and Anti-Viral Drug Discovery in 3D-Tissue Systems


20th Annual Biophysics Retreat 

Thursday, September 26, 2019 

Keynote Speaker – Dr. Lila Gierasch
Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Chemistry, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Hsp70s: Allosteric machines that perform a multitude of cellular functions


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19th Annual Biophysics Retreat 

Thursday, September 27, 2018 

 Keynote Speaker – Dr. Angel E. Garcia
Director of the Center for NonLinear Studies, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Uncovering the dynamics of a Molecular Switch: Atomistic Simulations of the interaction of KRas with membranes


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18th Annual Biophysics Retreat 

Thursday, September 28, 2017 

 Keynote Speaker – Dr. Arthur G. Palmer, III
Vice Chair, Columbia University Medical Center

Conformational dynamics in molecular recognition and catalysis: Lessons from ribonuclease H, AlkB, and GCN4


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17th Annual Biophysics Retreat 

Thursday, September 29, 2016 

 Keynote Speaker – Dr. Anna Marie Pyle
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Professor, Departments of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and Chemistry, Yale University

Structural and mechanistic insights into RNA splicing


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16th Annual Biophysics Retreat 

Thursday, October 22, 2015 

 Keynote Speaker – Dr. John Kuriyan
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Professor, Departments of Molecular & Cell Biology and Chemistry
University of California, Berkeley

 Structural Mechanisms in Protein Kinase Regulation


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15th Annual Biophysics Retreat

Thursday, September 18, 2014 

 Keynote Speaker – Dr. Jay Levy, '60
Professor of Medicine and Research Associate, Cancer Research Institute at the University of California, School of Medicine at San Francisco (UCSF)

 HIV Discovery to Research Achievements and Future Challenges


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14th Annual Biophysics Retreat

Thursday, September 25, 2013 

 Keynote Speaker – Dr. James Williamson
Professor, Integrative Structural and Computational Biology,
Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif

Dynamics of Ribosome Assembly in Cells


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13th Annual Biophysics Retreat

Thursday, September 27, 2012 

 Keynote Speaker – Dr. Bertrand García-Moreno
Professor and Chair, Department of Biophysics, John Hopkins University

Molecular Determinants of Electrostatic Effects in Proteins


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12th Annual Biophysics Retreat

Thursday, September 22, 2011 

Keynote Speaker – Dr. Vern Schramm 
Professor and Ruth Merns Chair in Biochemistry, Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University

Drug Design from Transition State Analysis

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11th Annual Biophysics Retreat

Thursday, September 23, 2010 

Computational Biology:  Linking Theory and Practice (Honoring Prof. David Beveridge)

Dr. William L. Jorgensen, Sterling Professor of Chemistry at Yale University

Dr. Richard Lavery, Director, Institute of Molecular Biostructures, Lyon, France

Dr. Steve Harvey, Professor and Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar in Structural Biology at Georgia Institute of Technology

Dr. Anne M. Baranger, Associate Head and Associate Professor of the Department of Chemistry, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Dr. Max Diem, Professor, Northeastern University

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10th Annual Biophysics Retreat

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Keynote Speaker – Dr. Wilma Olson 
Mary I. Bunting Professor of Chemistry, Rutgers University

DNA Mechanics and Regulation

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9th Annual Biophysics Retreat

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Keynote Speaker –Dr. Taekjip Ha
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Shedding Light on Helicase Mechanisms One Molecule at a Time

2007- Dr. Stephen J. Benkovic, Evan Pugh Professor and Eberly Chair in Chemistry at Penn State Univeristy 

2006- Dr. Jacqueline K. Barton, Arthur and Marian Hanisch Memorial Professor of Chemistry at California Institute of Technology 

2005- Dr. Brian T. Chait, Camille and Henry Dreyfus Professor at The Rockefeller University, New York, NY, and the Director of the National NIH Resource for Mass Spectrometric Analysis of Biological Macromolecules

2004- Dr. Joshua Boger, Chairman and CEO of Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc.

2003- Dr. David Lilley, University of Dundee 

2002- Dr. Helen Berman, Distinguished Professor, Board of Governors Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Rutgers University

2001- Dr. Linda Jen-Jacobson, University of Pittsburgh