“A History of Crystallization Techniques” – Sponsored Presentation

We hope you’ve checked out our program and our excellent lineup of faculty speakers. In the coming weeks, we will be updating the schedule with a selection of abstracts from the postdocs and graduate students who have made submissions. (We’re still accepting abstracts for talks and posters, for those who have yet to register.) We’re excited to hear from all of them.

We’d like to take this moment to announce a special presentation brought to us by one of our sponsors, Anatrace, on whose behalf Dr. Edward E. Pryor will be joining us.

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Dr. Pryor spent his Ph.D. and post-doctoral research examining structure-function relationships of both DNA-binding and membrane proteins. As a Ph.D. student in the lab of Thomas Hollis at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, he determined the crystal structure of the transcriptional regulator AmrZ from the pathogenic bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa, in complex with an 18 base pair DNA duplex. This work helped elucidate how the three domains of AmrZ work in concert to activate and repress potent virulence genes. As a postdoc in the lab of Michael Wiener at the University of Virginia, Dr. Pryor worked as a member of the PSI-Biology funded Membrane Protein Structural Biology Consortium. During his time as part of this group, he crystallized and determined the structure of the integral membrane CAAX protease, Ste24p. Dr. Pryor has since moved on to Microlytic North America, where he is the Technical Key Account Manager. Dr. Pryor will be presenting A History of Crystallization Techniques, focusing on the use of capillaries in the initial stages of crystallography and how advanced uses of this technique have been developed.

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