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Studying and Controlling Membrane Proteins with Light

The symposium will be held at the Novo Nordisk Foundation 16 November 2017, 8:30-18:00


Studying and Controlling Membrane Proteins with Light

Membrane proteins such as ion channels, transporters, pumps and G protein-coupled receptors make up 20–30% of the proteome and play crucial roles in human physiology, both in health and disease. Despite their great importance in many tissues, detailed insight into the molecular mechanisms of membrane proteins has been exceedingly difficult to obtain, since they are embedded in a lipid bilayer, making membrane proteins inherently difficult to study. Currently, several methods are emerging in which fluorescence enables novel ways to study or manipulate membrane protein function to elucidate their molecular function or contribution to such things as neuronal circuits. The aim of this symposium is to inspire membrane protein researchers by showcasing state-of-the-art fluorescence-based techniques that open novel possibilities to study and control the function of membrane proteins in a variety of settings, ranging from single-molecule work to controlling neuronal networks.



  • Anna Moroni, University of Milan, Italy
  • Peter Hegemann, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany
  • Antoine Triller, École Normale Supérieure, Paris, France
  • Ofer Yizhar, Weizmann Institute, Israel
  • Ehud Isacoff, University of California at Berkeley, United States
  • Justin Taraska, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, United States
  • Baron Chanda, University of Wisconsin, Madison, United States
  • Yuki Bando, Columbia University, New York, NY, United States

Unfortunately, Professor Adam Cohen will not be able to participate in the symposium as originally planned.


Who can attend

The symposium is open to participants of all career levels from student to professor.


Poster session

All attendants are encouraged to bring a poster for the poster session within the following categories:

  • Membrane protein structure
  • Membrane protein biophysics
  • Computational biology
  • Single molecule studies
  • Optogenetics
  • Synaptic imaging/physiology
  • Systems neuroscience

Posters will be exhibited during the symposium and discussed during a poster session.

There will be a poster competition among posters presented by students and postdocs with cash prizes for the best posters.

If you wish to bring a poster, you must select participation with poster on the registration site.


Preliminary program



Registration and breakfast




Ehud Isacoff


Baron Chanda


Coffee break


Justin Taraska


Antoine Triller


Lunch break


Poster session


Anna Moroni


Peter Hegemann


Coffee break


Yuki Bando


Ofer Yizhar


Wrap up and poster prizes