June 4, 2018 - June 5, 2018
The Department of Chemistry is pleased to announce it will host the annual South Regional Biophysical Conference June 4th through June 5th. Our Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Doug Barrick of Johns Hopkins. Dr. Barrick has been on the faculty in the Department of Biophysics since 1997. He obtained his BA at the University of Colorado, studying Molecular Biology and Chemistry. He went on to obtain his Ph.D. in the Department of Biochemistry at Stanford, followed by his postdoctoral research at the University of Oregon.
At Johns Hopkins, Doug and his lab have been focusing on the folding of repeat proteins, and on the structure, energetics, and function of Notch signaling. The folding studies have involved a series of roughly translationally symmetric proteins that can be fragmented and extended, allowing direct correlations to be made between stability, folding kinetics, and protein structure. Using variable-length proteins made of identical “consensus”-based repeats, the Barrick lab has been able to apply nearest-neighbor “Ising” models to resolve intrinsic stability from coupling between repeats. This approach is providing a direct experimental quantification of cooperativity in protein folding, an important but difficult-to-characterize quantity.
Registration fees will be $200 with an additional $25 fee per student. Rooms will be available at the Hilton Garden Inn for a conference rate of $99.00 a night.
Hilton Garden Inn: 1-662-615-9664; 975 Hwy 12 East, Starkville, MS 39759