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Physical Virology (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Nanoscale Exploration of Viral Structure and Function for Applications in Medicine and Materials Research


January 28-29, 2017


Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco
Lucca (Barga), Italy


Anna Czapar & Raphael Frey

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Seminar on Physical Virology is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas. This seminar is organized by junior scientists with the goal of creating an exciting and unintimidating environment for others in the early stages of their careers. We hope this will be a valuable opportunity to network with peers, develop collaborations, and present work.

As physical virology is an inherently interdisciplinary field, this seminar will feature student presentations and posters from a wide variety of focus areas covering both fundamental viral and applied viral specialties. Researchers interested in fields including viral structure, super-macromolecular analysis, viral life cycles, viral immunity, viral materials, vaccine development, and viral engineering are encouraged to apply. This seminar will also feature a mentorship elements aimed at helping attendees elucidate job prospects.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Physical Virology" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Final Meeting Program

1:30 pm - 4:30 pmArrival and Check-in
3:00 pm - 3:15 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:15 pm - 4:00 pmKeynote Session: Functional Biohybrid Crystals from Protein Cages and Synthetic Components
Discussion Leaders: Anna Czapar (Case Western Reserve University, USA) and Raphael Frey (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
3:15 pm - 3:50 pmMauri Kostiainen (Aalto University, Finland)
"Functional Biohybrid Crystals from Protein Cages and Synthetic Components"
3:50 pm - 4:00 pmDiscussion
4:00 pm - 5:30 pmPoster Session
5:30 pm - 7:30 pmVirus Assembly and Dynamics and Capsid Structure
Discussion Leader: Eita Sasaki (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
5:30 pm - 5:50 pmDiana Born (Max Planck Institute for Medical Research, Germany)
"Spontaneous Assembly of Virophage Capsid Proteins Is Regulated by Proteolytic Processing of the Major Capsid Protein"
5:50 pm - 5:55 pmDiscussion
5:55 pm - 6:15 pmSander Boonstra (University of Groningen, The Netherlands)
"Probing Critical Interactions for Influenza Membrane Fusion by Hemagglutinin"
6:15 pm - 6:20 pmDiscussion
6:20 pm - 6:40 pmNikea Pittman (University of Florida College of Medicine, USA)
"Structure and Function Characterization of the Oncolytic Protoparvovirus LuIII"
6:40 pm - 6:45 pmDiscussion
6:45 pm - 7:05 pmLione Willems (Wageningen University and Research, The Netherlands)
"Self-Assembly of Artificial Viral Capsid Proteins: Designing Packaging Signals"
7:05 pm - 7:10 pmDiscussion
7:10 pm - 7:25 pmVille Liljestrom (Aalto University, Finland)
"Cooperative Assembly of Helical Metal-Virus Superlattice Wires"
7:25 pm - 7:30 pmDiscussion
8:00 pmDinner
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amViruses as Materials: Viruses as Materials in Nanotechnology + Viruses and Health
Discussion Leader: Patricia Lam (Case Western Reserve University, USA)
9:00 am - 9:20 amClaudia Koch (University of Stuttgart, Germany)
"Tobacco Mosaic Virus (TMV)-Based Biosensors Profiting from New Enzyme Nanocarrier Layouts"
9:20 am - 9:25 amDiscussion
9:25 am - 9:45 amAijie Liu (University of Twente, The Netherlands)
"Gold Loaded Virus Like Particles: Towards Multifunctional Hybrid Nanomaterials"
9:45 am - 9:50 amDiscussion
9:50 am - 10:10 amThomas Edwardson (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
"Engineered Protein Superstructures for Encapsidation of Nucleic Acid Therapeutics"
10:10 am - 10:15 amDiscussion
10:15 am - 10:35 amSamuel Jones (Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland)
"Virucidal Broad-Spectrum Anti-Virals"
10:35 am - 10:40 amDiscussion
10:40 am - 10:55 amAndrzej Pitek (Case Western Reserve University, USA)
"Applications of Plant Virus-Protein Conjugates in Cancer and Thrombolytic Therapy"
10:55 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session

Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmMentorship Component: Panel Discussion
Discussion Leader: Neetu Gulati (Case Western Reserve University, USA)
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmPanel Discussion
"Careers in Physical Virology"
  • Mavis Agbandje-McKenna (University of Florida, USA)
  • Mauri Kostiainen (Aalto University, Finland)
  • Tuli Mukhopadhyay (Indiana University Bloomington, USA)
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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