Event Name

ABBIX Early Science Workshop

Start Date 28th Jan 2015
End Date 29th Jan 2015
Description We will hold an Early Science Workshop on Wednesday-Thursday, January, 28-29, 2015, pertaining to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) - sponsored Advanced Beamlines for Biological Investigations with X-rays (ABBIX) Project. These three state-of-the-art beamlines are now under construction at the National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS)-II facility at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL). Two of the beamlines are for macromolecular crystallography (MX), and the third is for life sciences applications of X-ray scattering. The MX beamline called FMX – Frontier MX – is optimized to address microbeam applications, and the other called AMX – Highly Automated MX – is optimized for highly automated throughput. The scattering beamline, called LIX – High Brightness X-Ray Scattering for Life Sciences – will offer multiple modes of study. The MX beamlines view canted undulator sources, and the scattering beamline views a single undulator, providing world-leading brightness.

The workshop will consist of both plenary and parallel sessions. The plenary session will begin with presentations on science topics in research fields that the beamlines are designed to address, followed by facility presentations to update the community about the early scientific capabilities at the suite of ABBIX beamlines and, in addition, of the Life Science and Biomedical Technology Research Resource (LSBR), sponsored by the NIH and the Department of Energy Office of Biological and Environmental Research (DOE BER). Two parallel sessions on Wednesday afternoon will focus on MX and X-ray scattering, consisting mainly of presentations that will address specific opportunities in these areas. These will be followed by two more parallel sessions on Thursday morning, also focusing on MX and X-ray scattering, consisting mainly of contributions. If you wish to give a contributed presentation during one of the parallel sessions, please submit an abstract.

The parallel sessions are designed to provide forums to facilitate more detailed discussions about potential first experiments at specific beamlines and the formation of the experiment teams. Specifically, each parallel session group will be charged to:  ​​​​​​​​​​

  • ​​​Identify key research projects and the associated first experiments that may be performed at the suite of ABBIX beamlines, emphasizing those projects that will take advantage of NSLS-II properties and ABBIX beamline capabilities.
  • Facilitate the formation of research teams to generate first experiment proposals for submission.
  • Identify key additional team members in such areas as theory and analysis, ancillary measurements, and specimen preparation, needed to achieve the research goals.

Confirmed invited speakers:  Karen Allen (Boston Univ), Martin Caffrey (Trinity College Dublin), Wayne Hendrickson (Columbia Univ), Andre Hoelz (California Inst Tech), Shenping Liu (Pfizer), Lee Makowski (Northeastern Univ), Anna-Marie Pyle (Yale Univ), Christian Riekel (ESRF), Thomas Schneider (EMBL-Hamburg), John Tainer (Scripps Research Inst), Da-Neng Wang (New York Univ), Michael Wiener (Univ Virginia).

The expected outcome from this workshop is two-fold: (a) a concise workshop report outlining how ABBIX beamlines will help to address outstanding problems in life sciences, and (b) a list of potential first experiments along with the corresponding research teams.


Lonny Berman
ABBIX Project Manager
Photon Sciences Directorate
Brookhaven National Laboratory 

Sean McSweeney
Associate Photon Division Director for Structural Biology Program
Photon Sciences Directorate
Brookhaven National Laboratory

Location BNL, Upton, NY
United States
Contact Sonya Kiss
URL http://workshops.ps.bnl.gov/?w=ABBIXJan2015

Category Workshops
Topics Biological macromolecules | General | Synchrotron radiation