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Cross-Scale Biological Structure: From Macromolecular Complexes and Organelles to Cells and Tissues

Suzhou, China
September 2-6, 2019

Abstract deadline:July 12th, 2019 

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Organized by:

Manfred Auer, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA

Masahide Kikkawa, The University of Tokyo, Japan

 Hongwei Wang, Tsinghua University, China

Peijun Zhang, University of Oxford, UK


We are pleased to announce the Cold Spring Harbor Asia conference on Cross-Scale Biological Structure: From Macromolecular Complexes and Organelles to Cells and Tissues which will be held in Suzhou, China, located approximately 60 miles west of Shanghai. The conference will begin at 7:00pm on the evening of Monday September 2, and will conclude after lunch on Friday September 6, 2019.

The conference will include eight oral sessions and one poster session covering the latest findings across many topics in Cross-Scale Biological Structure. Many talks will be selected from the openly submitted abstracts on the basis of scientific merit and relevance. Social events throughout the conference provide ample opportunity for informal interactions.

Major Topics:
1. Atomic resolution: SPA – proteins to macromolecular complexes
2. Molecular resolution: macromolecular complexes to organelles
3. Cellular resolution – Organelles to Cells
4. Beyond cells – tissues and organs
5. Biophysical techniques and instrumentation to study biological structures
6. Multiscale modeling and interpretation

Keynote Speakers (Speaker, Affiliation, COUNTRY/Region):
Wolfgang Baumeister, Max Planck Institut for Biochemistry, GERMANY
Abstract title:Structural biology in situ—The promise and challenges of cryoelectron tomography

Werner Kühlbrandt, Max Planck Institute of Biophysics, GERMANY
Abstract title:High-resolution cryo-EM of membrane protein complexes

Invited Speakers (Speaker, Affiliation, COUNTRY/Region):
Manfred Auer, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA
Abstract title:Cross-scale integrated bioimaging of supramolecular complexes in their native organelle, cell and tissue context—Inner ear hearing machinery and cancer disease progression
Chandrajit Bajaj, University of Texas, USA
Abstract title:Statistical Deep Learning for Automatic 2D and 3D Cytotyping of Tumor Tissue
Yifan Cheng, University of California San Francisco, USA
Abstract title:Single particle cryo-EM of membrane proteins
Taro Ichimura, Osaka University, JAPAN
Abstract title:Quantifying macromolecules and cells via nonlinear and inelastic light scattering
Yvonne Jones, University of Oxford, UK
Abstract title:Structural biology and the molecular mechanics of cell guidance signalling
Masahide Kikkawa, The University of Tokyo, JAPAN
Abstract title:Combination of cryo-EM and genetics to study epithelial cells
Bram Koster, Leiden University Medical Centre, THE NETHERLANDS
Abstract title:Multi-scale light and electron microscopic imaging in biomedical applications from molecules to microtissues.
Dong Li, Chinese Academy of Science, CHINA
Abstract title:High-speed super-resolution live imaging of intracellular organelle interactions
Pilong Li, Tsinghua University, CHINA
Abstract title:Phase separation in heterochromatin organization
Xiangning Li, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, CHINA
Abstract title:Brain-wide Positioning System for Brainsmatics with Cytoarchitectonic Landmarks at the Cellular Level
Xin Liang, Tsinghua University, CHINA
Abstract title:Ultrastructural organization of the mechanoreceptive organelle in fly campaniform mechanoreceptor
Jianpeng Ma, Fudan University, CHINA
Abstract title:Computational methods for modeling protein structures against cryo-EM maps
Keiichi Namba, Osaka University, JAPAN
Abstract title:Common mechanisms by skeletal muscle actomyosin and bacterial flagellar motor revealed by electron cryomicroscopy and optical nanophotometry
Yasushi Okada, RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research, JAPAN
Abstract title:Dissecting molecular mechanisms by optical microscopy in living cells and in vitro
Guangshuo Ou, Tsinghua University, CHINA
Abstract title:Cryo-Electron Tomography of C. elegans Uncovered the Structure Langyabang on Microvilli
Henning Stahlberg, University of Basel, Switzerland, SWITZERLAND
Abstract title:Cryo-EM and the nano-world of Parkinson's disease
Gokul Upadhyayula, University of California, Berkeley, USA
Abstract title:High-Resolution Biological Imaging Across Scales using Lattice Light Sheet Microscopy
Hongwei Wang, Tsinghua University, CHINA
Abstract title:Pushing the limits of single particle cry-EM of macromolecules
Nieng Yan, Princeton University, USA
Abstract title:To unveil the choreography of Nav channels
Peijun Zhang, University of Oxford, UK
Abstract title:CryoEM of virus infections in human cells
Mingjie Zhang, The Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, CHINA
Abstract title:Organizations of Neuronal Synaptic Signal Machineries: from atomic structures to mesoscale assemblies
Ping Zhu, Institute of Biophysics, CAS, CHINA
Abstract title:Cryo-EM study of 30nm chromatin fiber

We encourage abstracts to contain new and unpublished materials. The abstracts must be submitted electronically by the abstract deadline. Selection of material for oral and poster presentation will be made by the organizers. Status (fellow's talk/poster) of abstracts will be posted on our web site as soon as decisions have been made by the organizers. 

We are eager to have as many young people as possible attend since they are likely to benefit most from this meeting. A certain number of presentations by graduate students and postdocs in this conference will be selected as fellowship (USD $100-$500) awards. For more details, please visit

We look forward to seeing you at Suzhou in September, 2019.

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Please kindly note:

1. Registration includes food, but does NOT include Housing. Due to requests from participants to provide more housing at lower prices, we have expanded our housing options to include some lower priced nearby hotels. After completing the online registration, you will receive a link to the full list of housing options.
*Reference Room Rate:
CNY 500 per standard room per night in the Conference Hotel (Worldhotel Grand Dushulake Suzhou)
Up from CNY 200 per standard room per night in nearby budget hotels (within 5 km)
CNY 400-700 per standard room per night in nearby 4-5 star hotels

2. The meeting registration is an integral package. We encourage all our participants to stay for the full meeting period and communicate with each other. No refund/discount or day pass is available for partial participation.

3. The early price will be available if the full payment is finished before the exact due date.
For USD participants, we will automatically change your package price to the update one if we could not successfully charge the payment from your registered credit card before the deadline.
For CNY participants, we will automatically change your package price to the update one if our bank account could not receive your full payment by wire transfer before the deadline.

4. For late registrations, your registration materials may not be guaranteed since the order is usually made in advance.

5. Please inform us your special request on food (vegetarian, kosher…etc.) or other things during the online registration or email us as early as possible so that we could make relevant arrangement accordingly.

6. Student package is exclusively designed for all the graduate, undergraduate and doctor students who have not received the doctor degree. (Student ID will be required upon arrival).

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