Advanced Methods in Macromolecular Crystallization

he course is intended for undergraduate (5th year) and postgraduate students and postdocs with an interest in macromolecular crystallization. Number of participant is limited to 25.

The crystallization of biological macromolecules is still poorly understood and, as a consequence, success of the common trial-and-error experiments is not predictable. On the other hand, more rational approaches have been developed in the past few years and prospects for the science of crystallogenesis are in fact good. Many of the new approaches are based on an improved theoretical insight into the processes of nucleation and crystal growth.

The course is designed to bring over the message of the benefits of more rational approaches to macromolecular crystallization. The course will consist of theoretical lectures, seminars as well as practical work and demonstrations (lectures 40%, practical work 50%, seminars 10%). For crystallization experiments, typical recipes using commercial proteins will be used. In addition, students can bring their own proteins and carry out crystallization trials on these during the course.
A poster section is planned in order to encourage participants to present their own work.

Nove Hrady is located in the south of the Czech Republic. The Academic and University Center resides in a very styleful chateau, which provides many facilities such as two lecture halls, laboratories, apartments and a student dormitory.
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Terese Bergfors, Uppsala, Sweden
Christian Betzel, Hamburg, Germany
Jiří Brynda, AS CR Prague, Czech Republic
Monika Budayová-Spano, Grenoble, France
Martin Caffrey, Dublin, Ireland
Naomi E. Chayen, London, UK
Karsten Dierks, Lüneburg, Germany
Howard Einspahr, New Jersey, USA
Juan Manuel Garciá-Ruiz, Granada, Spain
José A. Gavira, Granada, Spain
Richard Giegé, Strasbourg, France
Lata Govada & Sahir Khurshid, London, UK
Rolf Hilgenfeld, Lübeck, Germany
Lubomír Janda, Brno, CR
Ivana Kutá Smatanová, Nové Hrady, Czech Republic
Jeroen Mesters, Lübeck, Germany
Joe Ng, Huntsville, USA
Peter Nollert, Bainbridge Island WA, USA
Estela Pineda Molina, Granada, Spain
Marc L. Pusey, Huntsville, USA
Pavlína Řezáčová, Prague, Czech Republic
Claude Sauter, Strasbourg, France
Patrick Shaw Stewart, Douglas Instruments Ltd
Vernon Smith, Bruker AXS
Ľubica Urbániková, Bratislava, Slovakia
Peter G. Vekilov, Houston, TX, USA
Dirk Zajonc, San Diego, USA
Bernhard Rupp, Livermore, CA, USA

22 Jul - 29 Jul 2012
Nove Hrady
Czech Republic
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