Island in Banff

North American SMALP Conference 2018

Location: Banff Conference Centre, Alberta, Canada

Date: April 10, 2018

Format: Satellite of the Membrane Proteins in Health & Disease Conference

Lead Organizer: Michael Overduin

Nanoparticle Technologies for Membrane Protein Research Meeting

Location: Leeds Beckett University, UK

Dates: June 27-28, 2017

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

Speakers: Steve Sligar, Bonnie Wallace, Tim Dafforn, Sandro Keller, Tony Watts

Submit your poster abstract by May 15

Register by June 1: £120.00; Student/PhD: £30.00 to cover conference fee, lunches, refreshments and BBQ

South African SMALP Meeting 2017

Location: Stellenbosch, South Africa

Dates: April 10-13, 2017

Format: During the UNESCO/IUPAC Conference

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

Previous SMALP Gatherings

Berkeley SMALP Conference 2017

Location: Berkeley, California, USA

Date: March 24, 2017

Organizers: Tomas Laursen, Jana Broecker and Michael Overduin

Program and Flyer


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. Slides

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.




Toronto 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