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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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Session Titles

The Conference will consist of nine sessions, on the topics listed below. The Conference Chair is currently developing their preliminary program, which will include the names of the invited speakers and discussion leaders for each of these sessions. The preliminary program will be available by July 1, 2017. Please check back for updates.

  • Targeting of Substrates to the Membrane Transport Machinery
  • Structure and Mechanisms of Protein Translocases
  • Membrane Transport and the Interface of Protein Transport with Transport-Associated Machinery
  • Membrane Protein Insertion and Dynamics
  • Origins and Diversity of Membrane Transport Machinery
  • Assembly of Membrane Transport Complexes
  • Protein Transport in Health and Disease
  • Response of Protein Transport to Stress
  • Systems/High-Throughput Approaches to Understanding Protein Transport and Organelle Biogenesis
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