International Symposium on Protein Folding and Dynamics

Date :
October 15-17, 2012

Venue : NCBS, Bangalore

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Professor Jayant B. Udgaonkar,
NCBS, Bangalore

Professor Devarajan Thirumalai, University of Maryland, USA


Registration deadline: August 20, 2012

Selection Announcement: August 25, 2012

Proteins are the functional entities in all living systems. It has long been known that the functional three-dimensional structure of a protein is coded for by its primary one-dimensional amino-acid sequence, but the mechanism by which this folding happens is still not completely understood. The folding process is an intriguing example of biological wizardry, in which a polypeptide chain self- assembles into the unique native structure that holds the key to its function. Although there has been considerable recent progress, several fundamental and inter-linked questions remain to be figured out about this self-packing puzzle. Do proteins take shape gradually, in fits and starts, or all at once? Are there flip-flops? What comes first, an outline of the shape or the details? Is there only one folding sequence for each protein?

The international meeting on Protein Folding and Dynamics, to be held at the National Centre for Biological Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, from October 15 to 17, 2012, will discuss these topical issues in protein folding. The meeting brings together internationally recognized biologists, chemists and physicists whose continuing theoretical, computational and experimental contributions have advanced the field to a great extent.

Confirmed Speakers:

P. Balaram (IISc. India)

Biman Bagchi (IISc., India)

Doug Barrick (JHU, USA)

Krishnanda Chattopadhyay (IICB, India)

Jane Clarke (University of Cambridge, U.K.)

Angel Garcia (Rensselaer Polytechnic, USA)

Shachi Gosavi (NCBS-TIFR, India)

R.V .Hosur (TIFR, India)

Changbong Hyeon (KIAS, Korea)

Patricia Jennings (UCSD, USA)

Elizabeth Komives (UCSD, USA)

A.S.R.Koti (TIFR, India)

G.Krishnamoorthy (TIFR, India)

Susan Marqusee (University of California, Berkeley, USA)

Samrat Mukhopadhyay (IISER-Mohali, India)

Victor Munoz (CSIC, Spain)

Mikael Oliveberg (Stockholm University, Sweden)

Jose Onuchic (Rice University, USA)

Rohit Pappu (Washington University, USA)

Matthias Rief (Universitat Munchen, Germany)

Ben Schuler (Universitat Zurich, Switzerland)

Eugene Shakhnovich (Harvard University, USA)

Satoshi Takahashi (Tohuku University, Japan)

Devarajan Thirumalai (University of Maryland, USA)

Jayant Udgaonkar (NCBS-TIFR, India)

Raghavan Varadarajan (IISc., India)


Technical Program

At the meeting the lectures will cover a number of topics. The topics range from fundamental aspects of folding to their role in function. Topics that will be covered include:

  1. Basic physics of folding

  2. Folding of multi-domain proteins

  3. Single molecule folding

  4. Advanced Fluorescence and NMR methods

  5. Linkage between folding and function

  6. Common themes in folding families

Registration Fee:

The Registration fee for the meeting is:

USD 150 for participants applying from institutions outside India

INR 2500/- for participants applying from institutions within India

INR 5000/- for scientists applying from companies within India


Applications are invited from graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and junior faculty interested in the topic of the symposium.

How to Apply:

All participants must submit a CV and a poster abstract to proteinfolding2012 at ncbs dot res dot in. If you do not plan to present a poster then write a short paragraph explaining your interest in the symposium. Include any specific overlap with your current/future research to help in the selection process. Selected participants will be notified by email and will be required to submit a registration fee by bankers draft.

Housing and Local Transport:

Participants will have to arrange their own accommodation. An off-campus housing list with relevant contact details will be put up on this site to help with booking accommodation in place of their choice. .

Aspecial transport service will be arranged between the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (closer to the centre of the city) and NCBS during the period of the symposium.

Timings will be posted closer to the date.

Accommodation for all invited speakers is arranged in Hotel Chancery from October 13th noon to October 18th noon only. The Address and contact no. of the Hotel is given below:

The Chancery Pavilion
#135, Residency Road, Bangalore - 560 025, India
Tel : +91-080-41-41-41-41
Fax : +91-080-41-41-42-42

Contact Person:
Mr. Raman Sharma
Mobile: +91-9632243452

Speakers who wish to extend their stay in Bangalore may contact the hotel directly to extend their reservations.

Poster presentation:

Selected applicants will be required to present a poster on a current research project. Poster specifications will be sent by email at a later date.


Participants will be responsible for their own travel to Bangalore.

"We are pleased to announce Institute for Complex and Adaptive Matter (ICAM) sponsored travel awards for junior scientists affiliated to US institutions. If you are a graduate student/post doctoral researcher from a US institution and have applied for this conference, you will automatically be considered for these awards."


All foreign nationals traveling to India are required to possess a valid passport of their country and a valid Indian Visa issued by the Indian Embassy or Indian Consular office in their country. Please apply for a “conference visa”. Selected applicants will be supplied with an invitation letter and relevant approvals which must be submitted with the Visa Application form. Visa authorization times are variable so it is best to apply at least 45 days in advance of your travel date. Air tickets must be booked only after the visa is issued.


A  sightseeing trip of one night and  two days can be  organized  to close by historical places like Belur, Hale bid, Shravanbelagola, and Mysore after the meeting on October 18th and 19th, departing October 18th early morning and arriving  Bangalore on October 19th  evening by about 8.00pm. Tour cost would be Rs. 9350/-per person on single occupancy and Rs. 6200/-per person on twin sharing.

Deadline for registering for the trip: August 30, 2012. Please email Mr. Jimmy on,

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1
Shravanabelagola, Belur, Halebid:
Stay at Hoysala Village Resort:

Day 2
Return to Bangalore by 8 pm

Tour Cost Includes:
1. Accommodation
2. All meals &   taxes during the stay  
3. Transportation
4.  Driver Allowance,  Parking fee, interstate permit and service tax

Tour Cost Excludes:
1. Guide Service and entrance fees.
2. Any services not mentioned in the inclusion.

Hotel Cancellation policy
Prior to commencement of tour and counted from a working day.
1. 30 days prior to commencement of tour, cancellation fee would be 10 percent.
2. 29 to 15 days prior to commencement of tour, cancellation fee is  50 percent.
3. No refund for cancellation done  less than 15 days.


Nidhi Srivastava ( nidhisri at ncbs dot res dot in


The meeting is supported by

National Centre for Biological Sciences Department of Biotechnology, Government of India Department of Science and Technology, Government of India
Company of Biologists, UK National Science Foundation Institute for Complex Adaptive Matter (ICAM)



Thermo Fisher Scientific India Pvt. Ltd.
Beckman Coulter India Pvt. Ltd.
Waters (India) Private Limited

This meeting, a joint venture between US and India, is being organized under the auspices of Physics of Living System (POLS)-Science Across Virtual Institutes (SAVI) network and supported in part by grant from the National Science Foundation (USA).