ASU Biodesign Institute hosts national proteomics conference

ASU Biodesign Institute hosts national proteomics conference

February 19, 2015

February 19, 2015

Arizona State University will host leaders of a premier national research organization at the 11th Annual U.S. Human Proteome Organization (HUPO) national conference, March 15 through Wednesday, March 18, 2015.

Billed as “not your grandparents' proteomics meeting,” this year’s theme of “Next Generation Proteomics” will provide opportunities to experience presentations from top scientists, both up-and-coming and established, on cutting-edge topics.     

Among the events scheduled at the conference are:

• Talks selected from submitted abstracts for each parallel session

• Lightning talks from selected poster presenters in two general sessions

• Tips & Tricks session featuring technology developments

Plenary Lecturers at the conference include:


  •         David Bartel, Whitehead Institute, MIT, HHMI, subject: microRNAs
  •         John Ioannidis, Stanford University, subject: Reproducible Research
  •         Jeffrey Kelly, The Scripps Research Institute, subject: Human Amyloid Diseases

Among the conference organizers and current HUPO president is Joshua LaBaer, MD, Ph.D., of ASU’s Biodesign Institute. LaBaer is a world leader in proteomic research, who left his position as head of Harvard University’s Institute of Proteomics in 2009 to establish the Virginia G. Piper Center for Personalized Diagnostics at the Biodesign Institute.

LaBaer’s team works to discover and validate biomarkers – unique molecular fingerprints of disease – that can provide early warning for those at risk of major illnesses, including cancer and diabetes. The state-of-the-art proteomics center houses a unique core facility for producing and analyzing thousands of proteins, as part of efforts to understand their function and role in disease.

Additionally, there will also be a series of short courses and workshops scheduled during the conference.

Topics include:

• Protein-Protein Interactions

• Cross-linking Mass Spectrometry

• Protein Arrays

• Data Analysis for Quantitative Proteomics

• Career Development

For students and up-and-coming researchers, the meeting provides a premier opportunity to learn more about formal science research communications. For junior Researchers and Trainees:

• Learn how to nail your elevator pitch

• Discover the upside (and downside) of different career options –industrial, academic, government

• Present your research at a national meeting

Conference guest rooms, as well as all sessions and posters, will be at the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel. Complimentary airport shuttle from the Phoenix’s Sky Harbor International Airport to/from the hotel. The hotel features a relaxed, resort setting just blocks from the bustle of Tempe’s main drag, Mill Street, which is filled with restaurants, bars, and shopping. A trailhead just behind the hotel takes you on a gentle hike up Hayden’s Butte, a Tempe landmark.

March is also prime time for the famous Cactus League of pre-season Major League Baseball. So come a day early or stay a day later to enjoy a baseball game, play a game of golf, or visit some of the magical landscapes and monuments of sunny Arizona.

To learn more about the HUPO conference and registration, go to


About HUPO

US HUPO engages in scientific and educational activities to encourage the use of proteomics technologies and to disseminate knowledge pertaining to the human proteome and that of model organisms.


Written by: Joseph Caspermeyer