Past Symposia

2019

Mass Spectrometry in the Health and Life Sciences: Molecular and Cellular Proteomics
August 18–22, 2019 | San Francisco 
The most up-to-date forum to learn of the remarkable advances in cell and human biology revealed by ever more innovative and powerful mass spectrometric technologies.

Transforming Undergraduate Education in the Molecular Life Sciences
July 25–28, 2019 | San Antonio 
This meeting provided evidence-based insight into the science of learning while exploring teaching strategies and instructional methods that improve student learning and promote success in biochemistry and molecular biology curricula.

Evolution and Core Processes in Gene Expression
May 9–12, 2019 | East Lansing, Mich. 
This meeting focused on connections between gene expression and evolution, bringing in new aspects of plant genomics and computational evolution.

2018

The Many Faces of Kinases and Pseudokinases
Dec. 9-12, 2018 | San Diego, Calif. 
The main themes of this meeting were (1) the non-catalytic functions of kinases and pseudokinases and (2) applying these functions in allosteric drug targeting.

Transcriptional Regulation by Chromatin and RNA Polymerase II
Oct. 4-7, 2018 | Snowbird, Utah 
Many established and new investigators have taken on the challenge of elucidating the molecular mechanisms of gene expression by RNA polymerase II in the context of chromatin by utilizing genomics, biochemistry, proteomics and novel single molecule techniques.

Science Outreach: Models, Methods and Measures
Oct. 3-5, 2018 | New York, N.Y. 
This “unconference” provided attendees with the opportunity to actively connect and engage with others who are involved in science outreach efforts. Through interactive workshops and discussions, attendees worked to identify strategies to streamline science outreach as a process.

Frontiers in RAS Pathobiology and Drug Discovery
Sept. 13-16, 2018 | Stratton, Vt. 
The meeting brought together scientists from a variety of backgrounds, from structural biology to cancer physiology, to focus on the problem of RAS the oncogene using state-of-the-art tools with the hope of informing efforts at drug development.

2017

Emerging Roles for the Nucleolus
Oct. 26-29, 2017 | Kansas City, Mo. 
The sessions at this symposium were carefully designed to bring together researchers from a wide variety of backgrounds in order to make connections across disciplines and promote collaboration. The symposium is intended to include scientists working in chromosome biology, rRNA biology, cell biology, biophysics, genomics, biochemistry, and molecular biology.

Membrane-Anchored Serine Proteases
Sept. 14–17, 2017 | Potomac, Md. 
Membrane-anchored serine proteases are involved in many aspects of biology from embryonic development to cancer metastasis. For many of these proteases, the cell biology, physiological function and role in disease remain to be defined. The symposium will include sessions to cover topics from cell biology, structure, regulation and roles in health and disease.

Transforming Undergraduate Education in the Molecular Life Sciences
July 20–23, 2017 | Tampa, Fl. 
The two overarching meeting themes are (1) high-impact teaching and learning practices and (2) mechanisms to facilitate student transitions from two-year colleges to four-year colleges and universities.

Evolution and Core Processes in Gene Expression  
July 13–16, 2017 | Kansas City, Mo.
Genetic variation in core machinery for protein translation has been shown to be associated with a variety of human diseases, providing a glimpse of the likely variation that underlies population-level differences relevant to studies of “personalized genomics” in humans.

2016

Transcriptional Regulation: Chromatin and RNA Polymerase II
Oct. 6–10, 2016 | Snowbird, Utah
The field of transcription biochemistry and molecular biology has become one with the field of chromatin biology and epigenetics; these two fields are basically inseparable. RNA polymerase II and its transcription machinery play an essential role in the modification and remodeling of chromatin; and chromatin plays a pivotal role in the regulation of gene expression by RNA polymerase II.

2015

Kinases and Pseudokinases: Spines, Scaffolds and Molecular Switches 
Dec. 5–8, 2015 | San Diego, Calif.
This meeting explored the duality of kinase function as enzymes and allosterically regulated scaffolds, as well as the dynamic features that define constitutively active kinases and kinase dead allosteric activators of signaling pathways.

Membrane-Anchored Serine Proteases
Sept. 17–20, 2015 | Potomac, Md.
The symposium provided an opportunity for researchers within this rapidly expanding field to get together to present and discuss the latest and most important research on structural, biochemical, biological and pathophysiological aspects of membrane-anchored serine proteases. 

Transforming Undergraduate Education in Molecular Life Sciences  
July 30–Aug. 2, 2015 | Saint Joseph, Mo.
This special symposium brought together both new and experienced educators to share, synthesize, and generate effective classroom strategies in undergraduate molecular life science courses. Through a series of presentations, workshops, and open discussions led by successful educators in the field, the most recent strategies identified to improve student learning and success in undergraduate biochemistry and molecular biology courses were highlighted.

Evolution and Core Processes in Gene Regulation
June 25–28, 2015 | St. Louis, Mo. 
This meeting highlighted a number of examples of how studies of core processes in gene expression can provide unexpected and illuminating insights into evolutionary processes. Participants were excited to interact in a very interdisciplinary space, and specifically noted how the exposure to areas not usually represented at their “usual” conferences made this event particularly productive.