“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.



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.


Prizes for Best Oral and Poster Presentations

Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, we are pleased to announce that prizes will be given for:

Best Oral Presentation by a Student or Postdoc, Best Graduate Poster Presentation, and Best Undergraduate Poster Presentation

The prize for Best Oral Presentation is sponsored by: mitegen-logo

This prize will be a cash award for at least $250, with the final amount determined closer to the symposium date.

The prizes for Best Poster Presentations are sponsored by:


The prize for Best Graduate Poster Presentation is a FitBit Flex and $50 Amazon Gift Card.

The prize for Best Undergraduate Poster Presentation is a $50 Amazon Gift Card.

Prizes will be awarded at the closing ceremony on May 14.

Winners will be determined by an impartial committee of at least three attendees.

Come check out the Protein Galaxy!

The protein galaxy is a mindbogglingly huge place, full of fascinating macromolecules. Come join us for this two-day symposium and take part in our tour around the universe of protein science, structural biology, and biophysical research. This event is an opportunity for local researchers to present their work through talks and a poster session.

Due to interest, we have recently expanded our program to two full days! Registration is still free, and we are still accepting abstracts for poster and oral presentations. Prizes will be given for best oral presentation, best graduate poster, and best undergraduate poster. There will be plenty of opportunities to network with your peers, with catered breaks, lunches, a poster session, and an evening reception at the close of day one.

Check out the program for more details, and click on the registration link to sign up! What are you waiting for? We’ll see you in May, fellow hitchhiker!


Call for Abstracts!


We are accepting abstracts for poster and oral presentations! The abstract deadline is March 15. Of course, you can register just to attend; the deadline is April 15. Registration and abstract submission are totally free! You can find more information at our registration page (https://purdueproteins.wordpress.com/registration-and-abstract-submission/). All meals (and tons of coffee) are included! Please join us for two days of great presentations, exciting workshops, and lots of fun.

The Total Perspective Vortex: Five Reasons to Submit an Abstract

Are you thinking of submitting an abstract to the “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Protein Galaxy” Symposium at Purdue? You definitely should! We’ve got a great team of organizers, an outstanding (and burgeoning) list of invited speakers, and an excellent keynote speaker, all of whom will make this conference a great experience for attendees and presenters. But, if you need more convincing, here are five reasons to submit an abstract, from our five student organizers.


(A quick digression – The Total Perspective Vortex was one of the most brilliant concepts, among many, in The Hitchhiker’s Guide Trilogy. It is a device designed to show the user the entirety of the universe, and his or her place within in. While we cannot promise the whole universe, we definitely hope attendees will come away from this conference with a good view of the protein universe, or as much as we can show them.)

Five Reasons to Submit an Abstract:

1) This is an excellent opportunity to present a poster/talk, and it looks great on your CV. “Aside from the obvious intellectual advantages, attending conferences is an easy way for students to elevate their CVs and resumes. Even with pioneering work, having given presentations and posters in a variety of settings over a variety of topics is important to be competitive while applying to graduate school or while job hunting after graduate school”, says Brendan Sullivan.

2) The symposium will offer a retreat-like atmosphere, even on campus at Purdue, which will provide a great setting for discussions, networking and social interactions. “As researchers we love our cocoons. We bury ourselves in our buildings, stuck in our labs with our noses glued to our projects. Presenting and participating in our symposium gives you a chance to see what else is going on in Purdue and may just provide an avenue for experimentation that you have never thought of,” says Adriano Mendes.

3) No one simply rolls out of bed and becomes a great presenter. It requires practice and information and time management for both poster and platform presentations. “As we try to explain our research in a short and concise manner to all the new people we meet in the symposium, it is a great opportunity to practice our elevator pitch,” says Sakshi Tomar.

4) Did we mention the prizes? “We’ll be presenting awards for the best poster and best student platform presentations. The award will be based upon an absolute standard of excellence and criteria developed by the Student Presentation Subcommittee,” says Satchal Erramilli. All student presenters will be considered eligible for the prizes, so make sure to identify yourself as a student when you register by checking the appropriate box.

5) “Wouldn’t it be nice to have your name and abstract on our official program?”, asks Duy Hua. This is the very first (of hopefully many) Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Protein Galaxy Symposium held on campus at Purdue. It is for you, the protein researcher, to attend and expand your horizons. Don’t you want to be a part of that?