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Molecular Membrane Biology
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Meeting Cycle

24 Months

Conference Description

This conference focuses on protein translocation across membranes, membrane traffic between compartments, organelle biogenesis and dynamics, and membrane structure. The model systems for studying protein translocation include the endoplasmic reticulum, mitochondria, and peroxisomes, with emphasis on the nature of organellar sorting signals and on the translocation machines that decode these signals and allow passage of polypeptides into and across membranes. Presentations on membrane traffic, organelle biogenesis, and organelle dynamics focus primarily on the biosynthetic pathway, including the endoplasmic reticulum and Golgi apparatus. Membrane structure is explored from the perspective of membrane subdomains, protein-lipid interactions, and membrane fusion. Additional topics include bacterial translocation, endocytic traffic, and structure-function analysis of membrane transporters, although these subjects are covered more comprehensively in other Gordon Conferences. Finally, there is interest in pathogen-membrane interactions, diseases involving membrane proteins and membrane traffic, and biotechnology applications of molecular membrane biology.

What is a GRC? Gordon Research Conferences (GRC) are 5-day meetings that bring scientists together from around the world to present and discuss unpublished research with other leaders in their field.

Related Conference

This Gordon Research Conference (GRC) series is related to the "Molecular Membrane Biology" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) series. Although a related GRS will typically be scheduled in conjunction with its parent GRC each time it meets, that may not always be the case. Refer to the individual meetings in the Meeting History section below for more details. For more information about the associated Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) series, click here.

What is a GRS? Gordon Research Seminars (GRS) are 2-day meetings that bring graduate students and post-docs together to discuss their cutting edge research among peers and mentors. Each GRS immediately precedes an associated Gordon Research Conference (GRC), and topics addressed at the GRS relate closely to the GRC.

Meeting History

YearMeeting NameDatesConference SiteChair(s)
2017 Molecular Membrane Biology
Regulation of Ways of Communication – From Molecules to Organisms
Jul 16-21 Proctor Academy Anne Spang
2015 Molecular Membrane Biology
Investigating the Inner Life of the Cell
Jul 12-17 Proctor Academy Frederick M. Hughson
2013 Molecular Membrane Biology Jul 14-19 Proctor Academy Francis Barr
2011 Molecular Membrane Biology Jul 10-15 Proctor Academy Charlie Barlowe
2009 Molecular Membrane Biology Jul 5-10 Proctor Academy Sean Munro
2007 Molecular Membrane Biology Jul 8-13 Proctor Academy Benjamin S. Glick
2005 Molecular Membrane Biology Jul 10-15 Proctor Academy Sandra Schmid
2003 Molecular Membrane Biology Jul 13-18 Proctor Academy Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz
2001 Molecular Membrane Biology Jul 15-20 Proctor Academy Peter Novick
1999 Molecular Membrane Biology Jul 4-9 Proctor Academy Tom A. Rapoport
1997 Molecular Membrane Biology Jul 6-11 Proctor Academy Suzanne R. Pfeffer
1995 Molecular Membrane Biology Jul 9-14 Proctor Academy Lila Gierasch
1993 Molecular Membrane Biology Jul 11-16 Proctor Academy Ira Mellman
1991 Molecular Membrane Biology Jul 8-12 Proctor Academy Peter Walter
1989 Molecular Membrane Biology Jul 3-7 Proctor Academy Harvey E. Lodish
1987 Molecular Membrane Biology Jul 6-10 Proctor Academy Randy W. Schekman
William T. Wickner
1985 Molecular Membrane Biology Jul 8-12 Proctor Academy Mark Bretscher
Donald M. Engelman
1983 Molecular Membrane Biology Jul 11-15 Proctor Academy James Rothman
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