12th Annual CBC Symposium
“Protein Engineering: From Computers to Cells to Clinic”
Protein Engineering featured at the 12th Annual CBC Symposium
October 31, 2014
“Protein Engineering: From Computers to Cells to Clinic” was the topic of the 12th Annual CBC Symposium which took place on Friday, October 17, 2014, at the UIC Forum. The symposium provided a thorough overview of the current status, challenges and exciting prospects in the field of protein engineering. Over 220 students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, staff and research scientists attended the all day event.
The organizers of the symposium, Brian Kay (UIC CBC Scientific Director), Tony Kossiakoff (UChicago) and Keith Tyo (NU) recruited seven outstanding scientists working at the forefront of protein engineering. Four out-of-town speakers, Germaine Fuh (Genentech), Lynne Regan (Yale), Jim Wells (UCSF) and Dane Wittrup (MIT) joined three CBC university scientists, Michael Jewett (NU), Shohei Koide (UChicago) and Jie Liang (UIC). The presentations spanned a range of topics from computational predictions of protein properties to designer proteins that control protein interactions to engineered enzymes that interrogate signaling pathways. Ways to utilize these discoveries to develop the next generation of protein-based therapeutics were discussed and provided excellent fodder for the question and answer period following each presentation.
In addition to the presentations by the seven stellar keynote speakers, the symposium included an interactive poster session. The symposium concluded with a reception where attendees were able to meet the symposium speakers, discuss research ideas and initiate new collaborations.
Photos: 12th Annual CBC Symposium speakers and organizers (from left): Michael Jewett, Dane Wittrup, Germaine Fuh, Tony Kossiakoff, Lynne Regan and Jim Wells. Poster session (bottom right). (Photos: CBC)