Biophysics & Structural Biology
at Synchrotrons
17-24 January 2019

This workshop is aimed at introducing young, mostly African, bioscience researchers to the power of synchrotron based facilities. It will have, as its focus, the structure determination and other biophysical resources required for vaccine design, drug discovery, industrial enzymology and agrochemicals. The course will trace the technology required to go from gene to the structure of proteins, as well as synchrotron based techniques for imaging cells. Topics covered will include advanced strategies for crystallization, high-throughput data collection by X-ray diffraction, single particle cryo-EM, structure refinement, X-ray tomography, circular dichroism and spectroscopy . Students will learn how to access synchrotron based resources and will get practical experience of working with proteins, data collection, data processing, structure interpretation and complex experimental strategies. Time has been reserved for students to collect their own data using remote access of an MX beamline at the Diamond Light Source.

The attendants at BSBS2019.

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Programme Outline

Thursday: Lab Prep Work
With Ray Owens and Opher Gileadi
Friday: Crystallography and data collection

With Elspeth Garman, Gwyndaf Evans, Frank von Delft, Dave Hall, Neil Paterson and Richard Garratt

Saturday: Remote data collection, data processing, crystal mounting

With Elspeth Garman, Carmine Tolmie, the Diamond Team, Trevor Sewell, Wolf-Dieter Schubert, Mike Lawrence, et al.

Sunday: Case Studies, MR tutorial, Intro to synchrotrons

With Silvia Onesti, Mike Lawrence, Elspeth Garman, Rams Subramanian and Gwyndaf Evans

Monday: X-Ray Microscopy, NMR, CryoEM

With Eva Pereiro, Frances Separovic, Rams, and Jeremy Woodward

Tuesday and Wednesday: CryoEM

With Trevor Sewell, David Bhella, Barend Lich, et al.

Thursday: Infrastructure, funding, developing biophysics

With Rams, Trevor Sewell, Richard Garratt, David Bhella, Silvia Onesti, et al.

Organising Committee

  • Convenor: Trevor Sewell, University of Cape Town
  • Co-convenor: Frances Separovic
  • Gwyndaf Evans
  • Carmien Tolmie
  • Paul Kappo
  • Thandeka Moyo
  • Lizbe Koekemoer

Joint Conference of the Pan African Conference on Crystallography (PCCr2) and the African Synchrotron Light Source (AfLS2)

The second African Light Source Conference (AfLS2) will be held as a Joint Conference with the Pan African Conference on Crystallography (PCCr2) in Accra, Ghana from 28th Jan to 2nd Feb 2019.

The Pan African Conference on Crystallography is designed to bring together crystallographers, mineralogists and solid state scientists from Africa and beyond. The aim is to promote crystallography and explore educational opportunities for researchers in the field. The benefits of which are not just limited to academia, but industry as well. Attending PCCr2 will help you share and gain more knowledge and grow your professional network as well as discovering new opportunities for growth in your career or academia. The Conference continues to attract more researchers and scientists as the years go on. We believe all the objectives of the conference will be realized in the near future. The PCCr2 will launch the African Crystallography Association (AfCA) which aims to network all African crystallographers and structural scientists.

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