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Physical Virology (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar


January 19-20, 2013


Ventura Beach Marriott
Ventura, CA


Marta Comellas-Aragones

Associate Chair:
David S. Morris

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.

Recent developments in the study and applications of viruses and virus-like particles have shown their potential in diverse fields such as nanotechnology, biomedicine, and materials science. Working at the interface of chemistry, physics, and biology, investigators develop virus-based nanoparticles as addressable platforms for therapeutics and vaccines, as cargos for inorganic materials, and as dynamic self-assembling models, to name a few of many applications.

This meeting offers a stimulating and non-intimidating environment for young scientists from these different disciplines to present and discuss their research in oral and poster presentations. Furthermore, the meeting will provide a mentorship component allowing participants to interact with experienced faculty members that will provide help and advice regarding future career 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.

Meeting Program

2:00 pm - 5:00 pmArrival and Check-in
3:30 pm - 3:45 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:45 pm - 4:30 pmKeynote Lecture
3:45 pm - 4:15 pmMarianne Manchester (University of California San Diego)
"Viral Nanoparticles as Scaffolds for Targeted Therapeutics"
4:15 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session I
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmProtein Cages and Cargos
Discussion Leaders: Trevor Douglas (Montana State University) and Alison O'Neil (Montana State University)
7:30 pm - 7:50 pmGregory Bedwell (University of Alabama Birmingham)
"Biotemplated Mineralization of Crystalline TiO2 Inside of the Bacteriophage P22"
7:50 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:20 pmJoost Snijder (Utrecht University, The Netherlands)
"Cargo encapsulation induces a stability switch in the virus-like bacterial nano-compartment Encapsulin"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:50 pmJeff Glasgow (University of California, Berkeley)
"Encapsulation of Enzymes in Bacteriophage MS2 Viral Capsids"
8:50 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
9:00 pm - 9:20 pmBenjamin Schwarz (Montana State University)
"Metabolic Pathway Encapsulation in a P22 Virus-Like Particle"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 10:00 amMentorship Component
9:00 am - 9:20 amVijay Reddy (The Scripps Research Institute)
"The world of VIPERdb"
9:20 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:50 amM.G. Finn (The Scripps Research Institute)
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 11:00 amHost-Pathogen Interactions
Discussion Leaders: Nicole Steinmetz (Case Western Reserve University) and David Morris (University of Alabama Birmingham)
10:00 am - 10:20 amCora Woodward (California Institute of Technology)
"Electron cryo-tomography studies of assembled ESCRT-III complexes"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:50 amGouri Rani Banik (University of Technology Sydney, Australia)
"Electron microscopy characterisation of Dientamoeba fragilis virus life cycle"
10:50 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session II
Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmVirus Structure, Assembly, and Dynamics
Discussion Leaders: Peter Prevelige (University of Alabama Birmingham) and Alessandro Rizzo (University of Connecticut)
1:30 pm - 1:50 pmMaria Aznar (University of Barcelona, Spain)
"Relevance of capsid structure in the buckling and maturation of spherical viruses"
1:50 pm - 2:00 pmDiscussion
2:00 pm - 2:20 pmLassi Liljeroos (University of Helsinki, Finland)
"Paramyxoviral ultrastructures studied by electron cryotomography"
2:20 pm - 2:30 pmDiscussion
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill out GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmGordon Research Seminar ends. For those attending the associated Gordon Research Conference, please check in at the GRC Office beginning at 4:00 pm.

Funding for this conference was made possible [in part] by 1 R13 AI104198-01 from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.
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