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7th International Electron Tomography Conference 2014

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7th International Electron Tomography Conference 2014

The conference will bring together researchers working on hardware development, software development, and applications of electron tomography, particularly in biology. It will showcase breakthroughs in both electron tomography technology and cell biology applications.

Topics covered will include:

• Recent developments in cryosectioning and FIB-milling
• Correlative light and electron microscopy
• Automatic tilt-series acquisition and reconstruction software
• Direct detectors
• High-throughput, large-scale reconstructions of plastic embedded samples
• Latest developments in sub-tomogram classification and averaging software
• Map interpretation, model fitting
• Example recent high impact biological results

Conference Programme

Conference Programme

A copy of the conference programme can be viewed using the above link. Please review this programme periodically to ensure you are aware of any revisions to the schedule.

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The Conference Chair

Grant-Jensen2Grant Jensen
California Institute of Technology

Dr. Jensen was born in 1970 and grew up in the science-focused town of Los Alamos, New Mexico. After studying physics and math at Brigham Young University Grant entered an M.D./Ph.D. program at Stanford. He earned his doctorate in Biophysics working on electron microscopy of RNA polymerase and other protein complexes with Dr. Roger Kornberg (who later won the Nobel prize for structural studies of transcription). Opting not to finish his medical training, instead Grant continued his work in protein electron microscopy as a Damon Runyon-Walter Winchell post-doctoral fellow under the supervision of Dr. Kenneth Downing at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. Here his interests expanded to include electron tomography of whole cells. Grant launched his own lab at Caltech starting in 2002. At Caltech his research has focused on three main areas: the ultrastructure of small cells, the structural biology of HIV, and the further development of cryo-EM technology. Together with his colleagues he has now published nearly 100 papers in these areas (see http://www.jensenlab.caltech.edu/publications.html). His lab has developed a searchable tomography database and populated it with ~15 thousand cryotomograms of over 100 different viral and microbial samples. Meanwhile his teaching has centered on biophysical methods, including most recently the creation of a 10-hour online course “Getting started in Cryo-EM.” Among his awards and honors are that he was chosen as a Searle Scholar in 2004, as Chair of the American Society of Microbiology’s Division of Cell and Structural Biology in 2007, and as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator in 2008. He was given tenure in 2008 and promoted to full Professor in 2010. He and his wife Angela live with their six children in Arcadia, California

Abstract Submission Deadlines

Talk Consideration – 21st September 2014
Poster Deadline – 17th October 2014

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The Venue

Omni Cancun Hotel & Villas
Cancun, Mexico.



17th November 2014 – 20th November 2014

The Omni Cancun Hotel is a five-star, “Gran Tourism” resort nestled between the dazzling Mexican Caribbean and secluded Nichupte Lagoon on Cancun Island. It offers stylish 5 Star all-inclusive accommodation in a beautiful location, overlooking expansive swathes of white sandy beach. Capturing the spirit and tradition of the Mayan culture, the resort is elegant and contemporary, surrounded by acres of tropical gardens that lead down to the sea. The three cascading zero-entry swimming pools are a definite highlight, with swim-up pool bar, sunken chaise lounges and a unique ocean view Mega Jacuzzi seating up to 35 people.

Eating and drinking at the Omni Cancun is a real treat with 7 restaurants offering a wide choice including Italian, Mexican, Indonesian, Sushi, rotating themed buffet and seafood. For drinks, there are 5 bars including the Kukus Jacuzzi Beach Bar or you could head to the Lobby Bar to sample their delicious Martini Menu and listen to live music in the evening – a great way to round off another perfect conference day!

Venue Details
Venue Rating*****
Nearest AirportCancun


Plenary Speakers


Wah Chiu
Baylor College of Medicine
Deriving Structures of Compositionally and Conformationally Heterogeneous Molecular Machines, Protein Aggregates and Cells by Electron Cryo-Tomography


John Briggs
European Molecular Biology Laboratory
Towards high-resolution subtomogram averaging of viruses and vesicles


Mark H. Ellisman
National Center for Microscopy and Imaging Research
Toward Visible Virtual Cells: Serial Reconstruction of Multiple Tilt Electron Microscopic Tomography Data and Comparisons to Block Face SEM Tomography


Jan Löwe
MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology
Bacterial cell division: architecture of the FtsZ ring in vivo and in vitro


Werner Kühlbrandt
Max Planck Institute of Biophysics
Electron cryo-tomography of membrane protein complexes in situ


Wesley Legant
Janelia Research Campus
Imaging life at high spatiotemporal resolution – latest developments in cellular fluorescence microscopy from the Betzig lab


Sriram Subramaniam
National Cancer Institute
Imaging cells, viruses and protein complexes with 3D electron microscopy:From structure to mechanism

Invited Speakers

Jun-Liu-150x150Jun Liu
UT Medical School at Houston
Visualizing bacteriophage infection and DNA ejection in vivo

DNMsquare930px-150x150David N Mastronarde
University of Colorado Boulder
Automating Tomographic Reconstruction with IMOD
martin-pilhofer-150x150Martin Pilhofer
ETH Zürich
Imaging cell-cell interactions by electron cryotomography

sam-liSam Li
University of California, San Francisco
Structure Studies of the Centriole and Basal Body by Electron Cryo-Tomography

Lu-Gan-150x150Lu Gan
National University of Singapore Centre for Bioimaging Sciences
Electron tomography of picoplankton: from cells to molecules

dinastroDaniela Nicastro
Brandeis University
Cryo-Electron Tomography and Tomography-Guided 3D Reconstruction of Cilia and Flagella

grundewald2-150x150Kay Grünewald
University of Oxford
Integrated imaging of membrane modulation: Following molecular interactions in the course of virus infections

Ohad-150x150Ohad Medalia
University of Zurich &
Ben Gurion University
The scaffold and gating of the nuclear pore complex

elizabeth-wrightElizabeth R. Wright
Emory University School of Medicine
Multi-mode Imaging of Respiratory Syncytial Virus

Accilleas-150x150Achilleas Frangakis
Buchmann Institute for Molecular Life Sciences
Estimation of the reconstruction quality and bias

dorit-150x150Dorit Hanein
Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute
Quantitative Correlative Light and Electron Microscopies.

plitzkoJürgen Plitzko
Max-Planck-Institut für Biochemie
Enabling in situ structural biology – Novel approaches and recent advances in cryo-electron tomography

TanmayTanmay Bharat
MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology
Subtomogram averaging using RELION

Misha-KudryashevMisha Kudryashev
University of Basel
Sub-tomogram averaging with Dynamo: pipeline and applications

forster-150x150Friedrich Förster
Max-Planck-Institut für Biochemie
Analyzing membrane-associated complexes in situ using cryo-electron tomography

StudentBertram Daum
The Max Planck Institute of Biophysics
A putative archaeal secretion system discovered by electron cryo-tomography

elbaumMichael Elbaum
Weizmann Institute of Science
Out on a STEM for Cryo-EM
Volkmann-150x150Niels Volkmann
Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute
Methods for extracting structural information from electron tomograms

koningRoman Koning
Leiden University Medical Center
Cryo correlative light microscopy and electron tomography illuminates lipids in Streptomyces cell division.

Ariane2010-150x150Ariane Briegel
California Institute of Technology
Combining correlative cryotechniques, high throughput cryotomography and sub-volume averaging to understand structure and function of bacterial nanomachines

Contributing Speakers

Vicki Gold
Max Planck Institute of Biophysics

Stefan Pfeffer
Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry

Toshiyuki Oda
The University of Tokyo

Alevtyna Yakushevska

Andreas Hoenger
University of Colorado at Boulder

Tzviya Zeev-Ben-Mordehai
University of Oxford

Morgan Beeby
Imperial College London

Peijun Zhang
University of Pittsburgh

Christian Patrick Geiss
Buchmann Institute for Molecular Life Sciences

Marisa Otegui
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Brian Storrie
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Victor-Valentin Hodirnau
Buchmann Institute for Molecular Life Sciences

Min Xu
University of Southern California

Michele Darrow
Baylor College of Medicine

Mehedi Reza
Aalto University

Jaap Brink

Hans Tietz
Tietz Video & Image Processing Systems GmbH

Elitza Tocheva

Agustin J. Avila Sakar
Gatan, Inc.

Conference Programme

Conference Programme

A copy of the conference programme can be viewed using the above link. Please review this programme periodically to ensure you are aware of any revisions to the schedule.

Conference Fees

Event Pass – No Accommodation Included
Optional Extra
Gala Dinner $39

Price includes conference registration and attendance, lunches, evening meals and coffee breaks.
This option does not include breakfast or accommodation at the venue.
Payments for the Gala Dinner can be made at the conference.
Standard Booking – Accommodation Included
EarlybirdStandardAccompanying Adult Accompanying ChildExtra Night AdultExtra Night Child
Registration & Payment DeadlineJun 30 2014Sep 30 2014Sep 30 2014Sep 30 2014Sep 30 2014Sep 30 2014

Delegate Fees: Include conference registration and attendance, accommodation, all meals on a specially negotiated full-board package and The Gala Night (including any accompanying persons).

Accompanying Persons Fees: Include the same specially negotiated full-board package as delegates excluding conference attendance.

Group Discounts: We offer group discounts to 2, 4 or 6 attendees from the same lab (based on sharing a twin room), please contact us for more information

Additional Night Fees: Prices are per person per night.

Children: Children aged 12 and above are regarded as adults by the hotel. Children under the age of 2 years stay free of charge.

A maximum of 2 children can be accommodated per delegate room.

To ensure maximum safety at our conferences, registered attendee’s children are not permitted in the conference room, poster room or exhibitors room at any time including during the conference hours and poster sessions.


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