Biophysical Methods BootCamp
May 8-12, 2017



Monday, May 8, 2017 at 9:00 AM EST
Friday, May 12, 2017 at 5:00 PM EST

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The John Porter Neuroscience Building (Bldg. 35A) Bethesda Campus 
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD 20892

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Conference and Training Team
Phone: 301-496-7977


The Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES) is dedicated to promoting advanced education in the sciences and supporting biomedical research within the NIH intramural program. 


This workshop will review strategies for hydrodynamic and thermodynamic analysis of sedimentation equilibrium and sedimentation velocity analytical ultracentrifugation (AUC), dynamic light scattering (DLS), small angle scattering (SAX), isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC), surface plasmon resonance (SPR) and fluorescence spectroscopy for the characterization of biological macromolecules in solution.

The workshop will start on Monday morning 9 am and end on Friday afternoon 5 pm. On the first day, we will provide an introduction into the experimental aspects of AUC, DLS and ITC. This part will take place in the laboratory. We will review the basic operation of the instruments, choice of buffers, and detection systems, and experimental design dependent on the system under study.

For AUC, assembling the AUC cells and operating the XLA/I will be discussed in detail. The following days will cover many advanced topics of theory, data analysis and experimental setup. These lectures are accompanied by practical computer exercises with the software.

The workshop is aimed at researchers with at least limited experience in AUC, DLS and/or ITC. An integral part of the workshop is the presentation by the participants of their systems of interest and informal discussion of data.

Target Audience 
The workshop is aimed at researchers with at least limited experience in AUC, DLS, ITC, and/or fluorescence techniques for characterizing biomacromolecules.

Peter Schuck, Ph.D.  
Dynamics of Macromolecular Assembly Section, LCIMB, NIBIB, NIH
Huaying Zhao, Ph.D.
Dynamics of Macromolecular Assembly Section, LCIMB, NIBIB, NIH
Chad Brautigam, Ph.D.
Department of Biophysics, UTSW Medical Center, Dallas, Texas
Rodolfo Ghirlando, Ph.D.
Laboratory of Molecular Biology, NIDDK, NIH
Grzegorz Piszczek, Ph.D.   
Biophysics Core, NHLBI, NIH
Alexander Grishaev, Ph.D.
UMD/NIST Institute for Bioscience & Biotechnology Research
Tomas Obsil, Ph.D.
Faculty of Science, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic

Registration Fees
$1495.00 - Industry Participants  OR $2400.00 with Hotel Accommodations*
(Pharmaceutical, Analytical and Commercial affiliate employees)

$895.00 - Academic Participants OR $1850.00 with Hotel Accommodations*
(P.I's, Professors, Staff Scientists, etc.)

$700.00 - Active Student Participants OR $1600 with Hotel Accommodations
(Ph.D. Students, PostDocs, PostBacs, Fellows, IRTAs pending graduate or medical school) 
Documentation is Required.

*Hotel Accommodations are at the American Inn of Bethesda
Check In,Sunday,5/07/17 - Check out,Friday,5/12/17   



Cancellations and Refunds
Full refunds will be issued for all cancellations, received in writing, on or before May 1, 2017. Please contact Carline Coote at (301) 496-7977 or via email,, if you wish to cancel your registration.  No refunds will be issued after May 1, 2017.