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For two days (December 16-17, 2019) Structural Biologists, from across the Piedmont, attended the first ever 2019 Triangle Area Cryo-EM Symposium in Durham, NC. The event, funded in part by an Interdisciplinary Colloquium Grant from the Duke School of Medicine, allowed researchers from Duke University, North Carolina University at Chapel Hill and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to share scientific data and discoveries in the field of Cryo-EM technology. Cryogenic electron microscopy (Cryo-EM) is a technique that produces high resolution images at the atomic level, allowing researchers to determine the biomolecular structures of proteins, enzymes and macromolecular complexes. Cryo-EM is an important technique as it gives researchers an opportunity to better understand the molecular basis for diseases and consequently determine what is needed to create successful vaccines and therapeutics. The meeting, with over 20 oral presentations and ten poster presentations covering membrane proteins, enzymes, macromolecular complexes, validation and method development, enabled an open exchange of ideas and questions between colleagues at all levels.

Link to the program agenda and speakers abstract information.CryoEM_Symposium_Program

More photos of the Cyro-EM Symposium from Caroline Cockrell Photography.

News coutesy of Duke University School of Medicine.