Workshops

We all need a competitive edge to advance our career at any stage.  Explore daily workshops that feature expert leaders sharing the latest methodologies, technology and tools, and insights on how to flourish in your field. 


Sunday, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.


The art of the 3D cell culture, from organoids to organs-on-a-chip

Tim Kwok, Purdue Univ. and
Sophie Lelièvre, Purdue Univ.

When 3D cell culture is properly done the cells behave in a manner that allows their organization and function as in vivo. In the workshop participants will become familiar with the concepts used to place cells in an environment appropriate for their needs and for the study of interest, from simple contexts with one cell type, to complex tissue organization, with multiple cellular compartments. They will participate in interactive observations/analyses of cells in 3D culture and build platforms for organs-on-a-chip from kits. Upon completing the workshop, participants will understand why there can be many cell culture models depending on the scientific queries and technical capabilities, with materials ranging from sophisticated polymers to paper; and they will be better prepared to choose a model convenient for their needs.

Cryo-EM and Cryo-ET: Step-by-Step

Andres Leschziner, UCSD and
Elizabeth Villa, UCSD

The “resolution revolution” has propelled Cryo-electron microscopy (Cryo-EM) and single-particle approaches as the structural technique of choice for tackling many biological problems. Similarly, technical advances are enabling cryo-electron tomography (Cryo-ET) to provide previously unachievable, high-resolution views of the cell interior. The two techniques are ushering a new era in structural biology, both at the molecular and cellular level. In this workshop, the advances that have made the revolution possible will be briefly introduced, and the workflow in each technique will be explained, step-by-step, using real data.

Your data, magnified: success in scientific publishing

Sponsored by the Journal of Biological Chemistry
Presenters: Catherine Goodman, Alexandra Mushegian and Kaoru Sakabe, ASBMB/JBC

  • Are you confident your data will stand the test of time?
  • Are you writing in a clear and compelling manner to engage readers?
  • Are you reaching the audience you and your research deserve?

Join us for this 90-minute workshop to get tips on collecting and presenting data, editing text for clarity and reach, and sharing your work. JBC wants to help you achieve your publication goals as part of our mission to bring enduring research to the scientific community.

Storytelling and the art of giving a good presentation

Sponsored by the Public Outreach Committee

Strategically building your CV at every career stage

Sponsored by the Education and Professional Development Committee
Nicquet Blake, UT Health San Antonio,
Rachell Booth, Univ. of the Incarnate Word (Moderator),
Mary Canady, Comprendia LLC and San Diego Biotech. Network.,
Marvin Payne, La Sierra Univ. and
Robert To, Bayer HealthCare

Join in this hands-on workshop where attendees can discuss past or future experiences and how they link to a specific career path along with the best tools for marketing themselves. Workshop participants will be divided into groups based on their interests and career level and session speakers will facilitate the discussions within each group. While all career stages can benefit from this workshop, students, post-docs and early-career scientists are urged to attend. Your next job could depend on it.


Monday, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.


Optogenetics and molecular sensors: tools and applications

Klaus Hahn, UNC, and
Michael Lin, Stanford Univ.

Supported lipid membranes and nanodiscs

Stephen Sligar, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and
Lukas K. Tamm, Univ. of Virginia Sch. of Med.

This workshop will introduce attendants to the preparation and use of supported membranes and nanodiscs in research of membrane proteins, lipids, and interactions between them. Two leaders of the field will give broad overviews and practical advice on the use of these relatively new and surging fields of membrane research. Ample time will be allowed for discussion of these techniques with attendants, who will be encouraged to also share their experiences with these systems.

Molecular visualization

Sponsored by the Education and Professional Development Committee 
Rachell Booth, Univ. of the Incarnate Word,
Jeffrey Mills, Rochester Inst. of Tech., and
Marvin Payne, La Sierra Univ.

This workshop will present to scientists of all levels the practical knowledge for how to communicate molecular structure/function using low-cost, but powerful methods. Techniques for using molecular visualization software to effectively convey structural features will be demonstrated.

Turning science research into science outreach

Sponsored by the Public Outreach Committee