Molecular Biophysics of Membranes

Conference Summary

This SRC will focus on biophysical and structural principles explaining molecular mechanisms in membranes and underlying membrane structure and function. Membranes form the defining boundaries of cells and their organelles. Many metabolic and regulatory functions of cells are carried out by membrane proteins including receptors, transporters, ion channels, proteins involved in signal transduction and energy conversion and many more. All these proteins function in the context of lipid bilayers that can bend, segregate components to form specialized protein and lipid clusters, change their shapes, fuse and separate in processes that require highly specialized molecular machines. The basis of membrane protein structure, dynamic transformation and molecular regulation in the context of large and small membrane systems will be discussed. A principal objective is to stimulate cross-pollination of ideas amongst a diverse group of cell biologists, biochemists, physiologists and biophysicists by bringing them together in an intimate setting to share the latest developments in their fields.  Program topics include protein and carbohydrate synthesis in the membrane, membrane signaling, G-protein coupled receptors, intracellular vesicle traffic, exo- and endocytosis, virus entry, mechanisms of ion channels and membrane transporters, clustering and shaping of membrane components in immune recognition, and folding of membrane proteins and amyloids. Biologists will learn about cutting edge biophysical techniques of membrane biology and biophysicists will learn about the latest developments in diverse biological fields of membrane systems, including many that are related to human diseases such as membrane signaling in cancer, membrane transport in cardiovascular disease and diabetes, synaptic transmission and amyloid deposition in neurological and neurodegenerative diseases, and entry pathways, antibiotic resistance, and immune response in infectious diseases.

A significant number of submitted abstracts will be selected for short talks. A specific "meet the experts" session and social activities will allow students and postdoctoral researchers to mingle with invited speakers including two  Nobel laureates, to exchange ideas, and to formulate new collaborations.

View the Program Agenda

Important Deadlines:   Early Bird: May 26, 2016        

Last Day to Register: Extended to June 15, 2016 


  • Sunday welcome reception with keynote lecture 
  • Short talks selected from submitted abstracts
  • Free afternoon for networking, white water rafting, or hiking in beautiful Colorado mountains near Aspen

Keynote Speakers

WE Moerner
Stanford University (Nobel Laureate)

Brian Kobilka
Stanford University (Nobel Laureate)

Conference Organizers

Lukas Tamm
University of Virginia

Lynmarie Thompson
University of Massachusetts

Conference Staff

Robin Crawford, CMP, Conference Manager
Pippa O'Shea, Conference Assistant

Contact us:
Email:  src@faseb.org   Phone: 1.301.634.7010

Date & Location

Date: July 10-15, 2016
Location: Base Village Conference Center
                 110 Carriage Way
                 Snowmass Village, CO

Transportation & Lodging

Airport Information

If you fly into Denver, Colorado Mountain Express (CME) is the official shuttle service to and from Denver International Airport for the FASEB Science Research Conferences. 

Please refer to the GROUP CODE: FASEB for the discounted rate of $94.00 one-way.  To make reservations, call the reservation center at: 
1.800.525.6363 (with the United States) 
970.926.9800 (outside the United States)

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Official Conference Lodging

Stonebridge Inn
300 Carriage Way
Snowmass Village, CO
Pokolodi Lodge
25 Daly Ln
Snowmass Village, CO

If you request a single or a double occupancy room, the registration fee covers 5 nights of lodging (Sunday through Thursday night, checkout Friday morning). A credit card will be required upon check-in for incidental expenses (i.e. in-room movies, room service, etc.)

If you plan to arrive early or stay beyond the conference dates, you must make your own reservations for the extra nights you require. You are responsible for payment upon check-out.

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