Event Name

6th Workshop on Neutron Scattering Applications in Structural Biology

Start Date 1st Jun 2015
End Date 5th Jun 2015

The workshop aims at enabling structural biologists to fully exploit the latest instrumentation and software development at the SNS and HFIR facilities at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Attendees will participate in lectures and tutorials focusing exclusively on neutron techniques applied in structural biology. The workshop is designed for graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and faculty new to or with limited experience of neutron scattering.

General Information

The unique potential of neutron scattering in structural biology arises from the strong interaction of neutrons with hydrogen (H) and its deuterium (D) isotope. This property makes the information available from neutron scattering unique and a valuable complement to data obtained from other structural techniques. Individual hydrogen/deuterium atoms are visualized in neutron density maps from crystallographic data at the resolution typical of most protein structures (2.0 -2.5 Å).Using H/D exchange  and contrast variation, proteins and nucleic acids are sequentially modeled and mapped in large biological complexes using small angle neutron scattering, protein-membrane interactions are revealed using Reflectometry and protein and water dynamics measured using spectroscopy.

The workshop includes a symposium, lectures and tutorials and tours of the High Flux Isotope reactor and Spallation Neutron Source, the world’s leading neutron research facilities.

The workshop is designed for graduate students, post-doctoral researchers and faculty with knowledge of protein function and structure but no or limited experience of neutron sciences.

Subjects include:

  • Crystallography
  • Small Angle Scattering
  • Reflectometry
  • Spectroscopy
  • Imaging
  • Labeling techniques

Course Objectives

  1. Educate participants in neutron scattering techniques, instrumentation and data collection, analysis and interpretation.
  2. Expose participants to cutting-edge research in neutron structural biology.
  3. Build interactions between participants, their university groups, and ORNL neutron scattering experts to develop new research projects.

Application deadline: April 10, 2015

Travel and accommodation expenses are supported for selected participants from the United States. International applications are welcome. However the course organization is not able to support travel or accommodation.

The number of participants will be limited to 15. There is no registration fee for all selected participants.

The application package consisting of 1) Information form, 2) CV, 3) Applicant motivation letter (1/2 to 1 page), 4) Principal Investigator letter of support (for graduate students only; 1/2 to 1 page), should be sent electronically to meilleurf@ornl.gov<mailto:meilleurf@ornl.gov> before April 10, 2015.

Location Oak Ridge, TN
United States
Contact Flora Meilleur
URL https://public.ornl.gov/neutrons/conf/gcnb2015

Category Workshops
Topics Biological macromolecules | General | Neutron scattering | Small-angle scattering | X-ray spectroscopy