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North American SMALP Conference 2017

Location: Anna Head Hall, 2537 Haste St, Berkeley, CA 94720

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Date: Friday March 24, 2017 from 8am-5pm

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We invite scientists from all parts of the globe including from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. If you can't get a visa to join us please let us know and you will be invited to skype or call in and we will share information with you.

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Sandro Keller, Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Vice Dean, Faculty of Biology, University of Kaiserslautern on the solubilization of membrane proteins into functional lipid-bilayer nanodiscs by diisobutylene/maleic acid copolymer (DIBMA) and SMA and comparison of effects and biophysical properties

jana broeckerJana Broecker, Postdoctoral DFG Fellow, Structural Neurobiology Lab, University of Toronto on comparison of SMALP and detergent based membrane protein crystallization and structure determination including a recent cover story in Structure

stefan-scheidelaarStefan Scheidelaar, Research Scientist at Polyscope, having graduated from the Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter, Utrecht University, Netherlands, on Who is the best membrane solubilizer? A battle between SMA co-polymers.

Melanie Cocco, Associate Professor in the Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at the University of California, Irvine, studies membrane protein structure and vaccine formulations, and will present Amphipols as solubilizing agents for membrane protein vaccines.



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.


Mansoore Esmaili, PhD student in the Department of Biochemistry, University of Alberta, and obtained MSc and BSc degrees from the University of Tehran, Iran. She is working on beta barrel and prion protein complexes and will present on Analysis of SMALP'd proteins in the gas phase.

Susanna Seppälä is a Visiting Postdoc at UC Santa Barbara. She was previously at Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability, Technical University of Denmark and was awarded a PhD from the Center for Biomembrane Research/Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Stockholm University.


Yuan Gao, PhD candidate at the University of California, San Francisco and is studying membrane protein structural biology, he worked on TRPV1 ion channel mechanisms, as reported this year in Nature, and will present Combining single particle cryo-EM with lipid nanodisc.

Naomi Pollock, Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Birmingham on new methods being developed for using SMALPs in native PAGE, and preparing samples for electron microscopy analysis.


tomas-laursenTomas Laursen, Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Joint BioEnergy Institute, uses SMA to solubilize and isolate a membrane anchored dynamic protein complex, the dhurrin metabolon, as is appearing in Science. He will speak on SMALPs: the “cutting” edge of membrane protein studies.


Michael Overduin, Professor, Department of Biochemistry at the University of Alberta is developing amphipathic polymers to solubilize and study native membrane protein complexes including novel targets for infectious disease and cancer.



Henrik Vibe Scheller, Director of Cell Wall Biosynthesis at UC-Berkeley has interests in the structure and function of glycosyltransferases, nucleotide sugar transporters and regulatory proteins involved in glycan biosynthesis.



Anton Allen Abbotsford Smith, PostDoc at University of California, Berkeley, with interests in polymer synthesis, conjugates and nanomaterials for applications including drug delivery; he will present on Expanded opportunities with SMA through controlled polymerizations and functionalization.



Roger Sunahara, Professor at University of California, San Diego studying G protein-couplied receptors structures, targeting and signaling mechanisms.




SMALP Workshop Leader

Sarah Lee, Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham, focussing on SMALPing the E.coli divisome protein ZipA; previously at the University of Warwick, University of Oxford, Roche Pharmaceuticals.


Conference Organizers: Tomas Laursen Jana Broecker and Michael Overduin

South African SMALP Meeting 2017

Part of the UNESCO/IUPAC Conference

Location: Stellenbosch, South Africa

Dates: April 10-13, 2017

Local Organizer:

Bert-KlupermanBert Klumperman, South African Research Chair in Advanced Macromolecular Architectures at the Department of Chemistry and Polymer Science at Stellenbosch University

Nanoparticle technologies for membrane protein research

Dates: 27-28 June 2017

Location: Leeds Beckett University

Conference Organizers: Tim Dafforn, Sarah Lee, Naomi Pollock, Vincent Postis

Plenary speaker: Steve Sligar

Confirmed speakers: Bonnie Wallace, Tim Dafforn, Sandro Keller, Tony Watts

Registration Fees (covers conference fee, lunches, refreshments and BBQ)

Student/PhD – £30.00

Other academic/Industry/Post doc/research associates – £120.00

Poster Registration

Payment for registration

Deadline for registration: 1st June 2017

Deadline for talk and poster abstract submission: 15th of May

Successful talks and posters will be notified by 23rd May 2017

Previous SMALP Gatherings

North American SMALP Conference 2016

Location: Hart House Music Room, University of Toronto

Date: Friday April 29, 2016

Timetable: SMA training workshop from 8:00am (free activated SMA provided) and a lively, interactive meeting from 9:00am - 5:00pm

See the Event Flyer, Attendee List and Programme

North American SMALP Conference in Toronto attendees. The red sweaters represent protein, others are lipids.
toronto smalp group 2016