Overcoming Pitfalls with Membrane Proteins

Overcoming Pitfalls with Membrane Proteins

May 17, 2017


727 E. Tyler St
Tempe, AZ 85287


Biodesign Institute AL1 10/14

Date and Time

June 16, 2017, 11:00 am (Length: 2 hours 0 minutes)

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Presented by César Luna-Chavez, Ph.D., Assistant Research Scientist, Biodesign Center for Applied Structural Discovery


Membrane proteins play critical roles essential for life processes in everything from cell-cell communication to catalysis, transport and energy transduction. They also represent up to 60 percent of all drug targets. Knowledge of membrane proteins is critical for developing more effective therapies, diagnostics, biobased and bioinspired technologies.

Yet our understanding of membrane proteins significantly lags behind soluble proteins largely because of technical challenges. Some examples include, expressing membrane proteins in sufficient quantities to study; isolating, purifying and stabilizing them outside of their native environments; and characterizing proteins using a wide range of biophysical methods.

This is the first in a series of workshops to discuss best practices, common pitfalls and strategies to overcome them; to share current challenges; and to exchange views on methodologies and approaches. A networking mixer with coffee and cookies will follow the workshop in the Biodesign A Atrium.

The workshop is hosted by the Biodesign Center for Applied Structural Discovery. If you are interested in hosting a future workshop for this series, email Cesar.Luna-Chavez@asu.edu.

Lunch provided with RSVP by June 14.