International Conference on Intrinsically Disordered Proteins




"International Conference on Intrinsically Disordered Proteins: Forms, Functions and Diseases" (IDP 2017) held at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Mohali from December 9 to 12, 2017

An international conference on "Intrinsically Disordered Proteins: Forms, Functions and Diseases" (IDP 2017) was held at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Mohali from December 9 to 12, 2017. This conference was organized by Samrat Mukhopadhyay (IISER Mohali) and Elizabeth Komives (University of California San Diego, USA) and brought a large number of world-leading scientists together in a single forum. IDP 2017 had several exciting and emerging topics including Cellular Functions and Dysfunctions, Bioinformatics and Systems Biology, Structural Biology and Disorder-to-Function Relationships, Conformational Dynamics and Heterogeneity, Chemical Biology and Drug Design, Intracellular Phase Separation and Membrane-less Organelles, Pathological Amyloids, Functional Prions and Amyloids, Emerging Single-Molecule Fluorescence Methods, Nanoscale Biophysics, NMR spectroscopy, Mass Spectrometry, Folding Disorders From Test Tubes to Cells, Molecular Simulations and Computational Biology, Disorder in Lipid-Protein Interactions, and Disease Models and Therapeutic Strategies. Some of the notable speakers at the conference were Christopher Dobson, Peter Wright, Jane Dyson, Daniel Otzen, Perdita Barran, Elizabeth Komives, Richard Kriwacki, Vladimir Uversky, Rohit Pappu, Jayant Udgaonkar, Matthew Chapmen, Raffaele Mezzenga, Jerson Silva, Frances Separovic, P. Balaram, Timothy Lohman, Joan-Emma Shea, Amitabha Chattopadhyay, Sudipta Maiti and several others. There were over 100 posters and 8 young researcher talks at the conference. Young researchers, especially, students, postdocs and young investigators were very excited to meet and discuss with some of the world leaders of the IDP field. Everyone was impressed with the quality of the posters. Many Indian students who are finishing their PhD found their postdoctoral position in the laboratories of the US scientists. Several postdoctoral researchers and young faculty members from both the US and India were selected for short oral presentations. IDP 2017 was a great opportunity for young investigators to share their exciting scientific findings. We are really grateful to the Company of Biologists for providing support to bring together a large number of outstanding scientists in a single forum. This conference is likely to foster several high-quality international collaborations/exchanges. The invited speakers and participants have enthusiastically supported the proposal for holding the second IDP conference at IISER Mohali in 2020/21.