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Protein Transport Across Cell Membranes
Gordon Research Conference

Nanoscale Imaging and Molecular Mechanisms of Protein Transport Systems


March 11-16, 2018


Hotel Galvez
Galveston, TX Site Information


Danny Schnell & Trevor Lithgow

Vice Chairs:
Randolph Hampton & Toshiya Endo

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by February 11, 2018. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

Meeting Description

This meeting brings together an international group of researchers who share interests in the mechanisms of protein transport across and into cellular membranes. Protein transport is fundamental to the biogenesis of organelles and cellular membranes. Numerous human and plant pathologies are related to protein mistargeteing or the secretion of virulence factors. In 2018, the meeting present the latest breakthroughs in transport mechanisms in eukaryotes and prokaryotes, with a particular focus on how frontier developments in imaging technologies are providing near atomic resolution on the structure and function of cellular components that mediate protein transport events. Sessions are organized around different topical foci, including targeting of proteins to membranes, protein translocation across and into membranes, quality control mechanisms, regulation of translocation, protein secretion in pathogens, and new paradigms in protein translocation. Talks by invited speakers will be supplemented by shorter talks chosen from abstract submissions. The conference provides opportunities for the interaction of both established leaders in the field and early career scientists who will become the leaders in the future.

Related Meeting

This GRC will be held in conjunction with the "Protein Transport Across Cell Membranes" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRS in addition to an application for the GRC. Refer to the associated GRS program page for more information.


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Monash Biomedical Discovery Institute

Preliminary Program

The topics and speakers for the conference sessions are displayed below (italics denote discussion leaders). The Conference Chair is currently developing their detailed program, which will include the complete meeting schedule, as well as the talk titles for all speakers. The detailed program will be available by November 11, 2017. Please check back for updates.

  • Targeting of Substrates to the Membrane Transport Machinery
    (Reid Gilmore / Judith Frydman / Shu-Ou Shan)
  • Structure and Mechanisms of Protein Translocases
    (Ramanujan Hegde / Roland Beckmann / Bil Clemons / Sichen Shao)
  • Membrane Transport and the Interface of Protein Transport with Transport-Associated Machinery
    (Nathan Alder / Paul Jarvis / Nikolaus Pfanner / Sabine Rospert)
  • Membrane Protein Insertion and Dynamics
    (Ross Dalbey / Karen Fleming / Peter Rehling)
  • Origins and Diversity of Membrane Transport Machinery
    (Matthias Mueller / Nicholas Noinaj / Toshiya Endo)
  • Assembly of Membrane Transport Complexes
    (Carole Dabney-Smith / Christopher Hayes / Tracy Palmer)
  • Protein Transport in Health and Disease
    (Harris Bernstein / Han Remaut / Natalie Strynadka / Meredith Morris)
  • Response of Protein Transport to Stress
    (Carla Koehler / Cole Haynes / Linda Kenney / Randolph Hampton)
  • Systems/High-Throughput Approaches to Understanding Protein Transport and Organelle Biogenesis
    (Shu-Ou Shan / Sacha Baginsky / Carla Koehler)
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