The Physics of Protein Self-Assembly
Location: CECAM-HQ-EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland
The workshop will bring together scientists from different aspects of colloidal and protein physics working on both experimental and computational models for self-assembly. As such, some structure will be required give the meeting sufficient focus. The themes to be discussed at the meeting are:
1. Coarse-grained simulations for protein-self assembly, current work and future challenges using patchy (anisotropic) interactions.
----How do these models work for proteins in their current form?
----How can they be refined and adapted to achieve better predictability (at least for certain groups of proteins)?
2. Atomistic simulations for protein self-assembly—challenges and perspectives
----How can atomistic simulation complement and inform coarse-grained descriptions?
----Can results from coarse-grained simulations and protein assembly experiments help improve atomistic treatments?
3. Synthetic patchy colloids (theory, simulation and experiments) as models for protein assembly
----Types of particles
----How do existing patchy particle mimic protein self-assembly?
----What colloidal models would help best understand protein assembly?
----Is more complexity in both synthetic anisotropic colloids and computational models required to really mimic protein self-assembly?
4. Experimental models for protein self-assembly: amyloids, viruses, globular proteins
----Virus capsid assembly, models and experiments.
----Globular proteins, phase transitions and anisotropy.
----Amyloids, coarse grained vs atomistic simulation.
----What important protein assembly experiments would help improve our microscopic understanding and our schematic models?
Conversations around these themes will be facilitated by a mixture of talks, grouped by topics, and followed by an extended group discussion. Each group of talks will include both theory/computation and experiments, to ensure that synergies between the various communities emerge from the earliest stages of the workshop. Talks will be given by leaders in the field representing each of the areas of research described and also a small number of promising post-doctoral researchers who have already demonstrated capacity to have impact in the field.
A poster session held on Day 2 will allow junior researchers (Ph.D. students and postdocs) to bring their own scientific contributions to the discussion. To further encourage poster presenters, a panel will select the three most promising posters from the poster session and these researchers will be given the opportunity to present their work as a short talk (12 + 3 mins) in the final day of the meeting.
Jennifer McManus (Maynooth University) - Organiser
Emanuela Zaccarelli (CNR-ISC Istituto dei Sistemi Complessi) - Organiser
Neer Asherie (Yeshiva University) - Organiser
Patrick Charbonneau (Duke University) - Organiser