May 14: COBRE symposium

University to host Delaware Membrane Protein Symposium


1:56 p.m., April 3, 2012--The Delaware Membrane Protein Symposium will be held on Monday, May 14, from 8:30 a.m. - 5:15 p.m., in the Multipurpose Room of the Trabant University Center on the University of Delaware campus in Newark. The symposium is sponsored by the Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) in Membrane Protein Production and Characterization

Membrane proteins have a significant impact upon the body’s ability to function properly. Research on membrane proteins is critical to understanding and treating human disease. 

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Tsu-Wei Chou, Pierre S. du Pont Chair of Engineering at UD, is part of an international research group that recently reported successful fabrication of stretchable and transparent supercapacitors based on graphene films.

Sarah Keller from the University of Washington will present the keynote lecture. She will speak on “Observations of Lipid Membrane in (Roughly) 2D Influenced by Bulk Water in 3D.” Keller has done extensive research on domain diffusion, observing and recording changes in membrane composition. 

Other lecturers include Yale University’s Elizabeth Rhoades and the University of Copenhagen’s Dimitrios Stamou, along with prominent researchers from Cornell University, the University of Utah, Michigan State University, Salk Institute, D.E. Shaw Research and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. During the symposium, lectures will be complemented by poster presentations pertaining to student research. 

The symposium is funded by the Institutional Development Award (IDeA) program of the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of General Medical Sciences. Attendance is free, but online registration is required by Friday, May 4. Poster abstracts can be submitted online when registering. 

For more information, contact Cinda Younce at 302-831-4500 or

Article by Janie Sikes

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