Preliminary Sessions and Speakers

The Protein Society Annual Symposium 2023 (PS37)
July 13 - 16, 2023 | Boston, Massachusetts | Westin Boston Seaport


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The 37th Annual Symposium is comprised of 12 scientific sessions and nine award speakers totaling over 100 invited and contributed talks speakers. Our program committee, chaired by Mary Munson, UMass Chan Medical School, and co-chaired by Ruben Gonzalez, Columbia University, has assembled a program that spans the broad range of protein science, combining critical underpinnings of the field, the latest developments and a vision into the future with career development and technical workshops as well as ample networking opportunities. This year’s symposium continues our commitment to open participation, with each session featuring contributed talks and speakers from across a broad range of topics. The meeting will kick off with a student orientation on the evening of July 12, and conclude on July 16 at noon.


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Preliminary Sessions and Speakers

TPS Award Winners
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Arthur Lesk, Ph.D.
Penn State University
2023 Carl Brändén Winner
   Mei Hong, Ph.D.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2023 Christian B. Anfinsen Winner
   Patricia Clark, Ph.D.
University of Notre Dame
2023 Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin Winner
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Jason Gestwicki, Ph.D.
University of California, San Francisco
2023 Emil Thomas Kaiser Winner 
   Elena Conti, Ph.D.

Max Planck Institute
2023 Hans Neurath Winner

   Renã Robinson

Vanderbilt University
2023 Marie Maynard Daly Winner

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Kevin Gardner, Ph.D.

CUNY Advanced Science Research Center
2023 Stein & Moore Winner

   David Agard, Ph.D.
University of California, San Francisco
2021 Stein & Moore Winner 
Plenary Speaker
Susan Marqusee, Ph.D.

University of California, Berkeley



Session 1: Modern Anti-viral Strategies     
 Peijun Zhang, Ph.D.
Diamond Light Source
   Christopher Barnes, Ph.D.
Stanford University
  Celia Schiffer, Ph.D.
University of Massachusetts 
Chan Medical School
CryoEM investigation of virus infection and vaccines in cells   Structural insights into the development of pan-Coronavirus immunotherapies    
Session 2: Protein Folding and Function in Context     
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 Patricia Clark, Ph.D.
University of Notre Dame
   Bil Clemons, Ph.D.
California Institute of Technology
   Christian Kaiser, Ph.D.
Johns Hopkins University
Session 3: Structures of Mega-Complexes     
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Alan Brown, Ph.D.
Harvard University 
  Andre Hoelz, Ph.D.
California Institute of Technology 
  Eva Nogales, Ph.D.
University of California, Berkeley 
 Axonemal Structures Reveal Mechanoregulatory
and Disease Mechanisms
   Structural Insights into the Regulation of the Gene Silencer PRC2
Session 4: Protein Evolution: Lessons From the Past     
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Betul Kacar, Ph.D.
University of Wisconsin, Madison 
   Shelley Copley, Ph.D.
University of Colorado, Boulder
   Jose Sanchez-Ruiz, Ph.D.
Universidad de Granada
 Enigmatic evolution of nitrogenases: Insights from Earth’s past    Evolution of novel metabolic pathways: Insights from laboratory evolution   Ancestral Proteins as Scaffolds for Enzyme
Engineering and Evolution
Session 5: RNA Protein Machines: Ancient Synergies
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Jingyi Fei, Ph.S.
University of Chicago
  Aaron Hoskins, Ph.D.
University of Wisconsin-Madison
  Rachel Green, Ph.D.
Johns Hopkins University
    How snRNAs and Proteins Collaborate to
Recognize Introns during pre-mRNA Splicing
  Colliding Ribosomes Function as a
Signaling Hub to Dictate Cell Fate Decisions
Session 6: Peptide Modalities: Size Doesn't Matter     
 Christina Schroeder, Ph.D.
Harvard University
   Cameron Pye, Ph.D.
Unnatural Products
  Lauren Monovich, Ph.D.
Novartis Institute for BioMedical Research 
 Recifin A, a Novel and Selective Allosteric Inhibitor of
Tyrosyl-DNA phosphodiesterase 1 (TDP1)
Session 7: Capturing Protein Interactions     
James Monro, Ph.D.
University of Massachusetts 
Chan Medical School
   Giulia Palermo, Ph.D.
University of California Riverside
   Neel Shah, Ph.D.
 Columbia University
    Dynamics and Mechanisms of CRISPR-Cas9
Through the Lens of Computational Methods
   Rewired Interaction Specificity in Mutant
Phosphotyrosine Signaling Proteins
Session 8: Membrane Proteins: From Natural to Designed     
Tae-Young Yoon, Ph.D.
Seoul National University 
  William DeGrado, Ph.D.
University of California, San Francisco 
   Nieng Yan, Ph.D.
Princeton University
  Mobilizing the Immune System With
Bispecific Antibodies and Potency-tuned Cytokines
 Shuguang Zhang, Ph.D.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Session 9: Structure Prediction and Design     
Eva Maria Strauch, Ph.D.
University of Georgia 
   Kresten Lindorff-Larsen, Ph.D.
University of Copenhagen
How Phase Separation is Encoded in
Intrinsically Disordered Low-Complexity Domains
  Towards Structure Prediction and
Design of Disordered Proteins
Session 10: Proteins in Motion
Jane Dyson, Ph.D.
Scripps Research Institute
  Rodrigo Maillard, Ph.D.
Georgetown University
  David Rueda, Ph.D.
Imperial College London
Role of Disorder and Dynamics
in Protein Function
  Conformational Dynamics Play a Catalytic and an
Allosteric Role During the Activation Cycle of Protein kinase A
  The Old Dog Still Has Some New Tricks:
Non Canonical Allosteric Regulation of SIRT1
Session 11: Engineering Protein Fate and Function
Ray Deshaies, Ph.D.
  Dan Nomura, Ph.D.
University of California, Berkeley
  Sara Buhrlage, Ph.D.
Harvard University
    Reimagining Druggability Using
Chemoproteomic Platforms
Session 12: Aggregates, Amyloids, or Condensates?
Ibrahim Cisse, Ph.D.
Massachssetts Institute of Technology 
   Rohit Pappu, Ph.D.
Washington University in St. Louis
   Amy Gladfelter, Ph.D.
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
        RNA Control of Biomolecular Condensates