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2018 Tri-University Protein Symposium

Organizing Committee: Joel Weadge, Matt Smith and Masoud Jelokhani-Niaraki

Friday, 1 June 2018 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

2018 Tri-University Protein Symposium

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Conference registration is free, and includes morning and afternoon coffee breaks and lunch
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The Tri-University Protein Symposium (our proposed name for this annual event going forward) is a one-day conference that rotates between Wilfrid Laurier University, The University of Waterloo and the University of Guelph. The meeting focuses on all aspects of protein science, and is meant to foster networking and collaboration among labs at all three institutions.

The 4th annual meeting is being held at Laurier on Friday, June 1, 2018


The abstract submission deadline to be considered for an oral presentation has been extended until May 18, 2018!! See below for details about how to submit an abstract.       


Keynote Speaker

Dr. Alexander Shekhtman

Department of Chemistry Shekhtman lab website 

University at Albany, State University of New York 

Title: In-cell NMR spectroscopy to study protein interactions in live cells


Abstract: The ultimate goal of structural and biochemical research is to understand how macromolecular interactions give rise to and regulate biological activity in living cells. The challenge is formidable due to the complexity that arises not only from the number of proteins (genes) expressed by the organism, but also from the combinatorial interactions between them. Despite ongoing efforts to decipher the complex nature of protein interactions, new methods for structurally characterizing protein complexes are needed to fully understand molecular networks. With the onset of in-cell NMR spectroscopy, molecular structures and interactions can be studied under physiological conditions shedding light on the structural underpinning of biological activity. In this talk I will review the methods to identify protein structure and protein-protein interaction surfaces in prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells. I will also describe how to characterize functional interactions by using in-cell NMR. These in-cell NMR techniques are critical components of structural proteomics inside live prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells.


Registration (deadline May 18)

Attendance is free. But please register in advance by “purchasing” a ticket so we can plan accordingly. The registration deadline is May 18.

Please notify us of any dietary restrictions by email at 

Location & Parking

All conference activities will take place in the Senate & Board Chambers in the Paul Martin Centre at Wilfrid Laurier University. A link to a campus map showing the location can be found here

There are several options for visitor parking, including paid parking lots 4, 10 and 20 near the main campus entrance on the south side of University Avenue, as well as lot 33 behind Lazaridis Hall on the north side of University Avenue. These lots are highlighted on the campus map available here.  Limited free on-street parking (3h maximum) is also available on Bricker Avenue on the south side of campus.

Preliminary Schedule (June 1)


Arrival/Registration - Senate and Board Chamber Foyer

8:30 - 9:15 a.m.  Light refreshments provided

Session 1 - Senate and Board Chambers

Chair: Dr. Joel Weadge

9:15 - 9:30 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Keynote Speaker, Dr. Alex Shekhtman

Coffee Break - Senate and Board Chamber Foyer

10:30 - 10:50 a.m.

Session 2 - Senate and Board Chamber

Chair: Dr. Matthew Smith

10:55 - 12:15 p.m. Oral Presentations (PIs)

LUNCH - Paul Martin Centre

12:20 - 1:30 p.m.

Session 3 - Senate and Board Chamber

Chair: Dr. Masoud Jelokhani-Niaraki

1:30 - 3:10 p.m. Oral Presentations (Trainees)

Session 4 - Paul Martin Centre

3:15 - 4:45 p.m. Poster Session (including refreshments)

4:45 - 5:00 p.m. Poster & Oral Presentation Prizes and Closing Remarks

Submit an Abstract

Abstracts can be submitted by email to

Please include the following information in your email:

  • Presentation Title
  • Author name(s) & affiliation(s); please denote the presenting author with an *
  • Presenting author's email address
  • Abstract (300 words maximum)
  • Indicate whether you would like to be considered for an oral presentation


The abstract submission deadline to be considered for an oral presentation is May 4, 2018 has been extended until May 18!!!

Abstracts for poster presentations will be accepted until May 18, 2018


Poster board information:

Poster boards are approximately 4 feet wide x 3 feet high.

Velcro tape will be provided for mounting




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Have questions about 2018 Tri-University Protein Symposium? Contact Organizing Committee: Joel Weadge, Matt Smith and Masoud Jelokhani-Niaraki

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Wilfrid Laurier University
75 University Avenue West
Waterloo, ON N2L 3C5

Friday, 1 June 2018 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

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