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Zing Conference on Protein Folding 2014

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Zing Conference on Protein Folding

The purpose of the Zing Conference on Protein Folding is to bring together eminent scholars with expertise in experiential and computational  studies of  protein folding. Protein folding is undoubtedly one of the most basic and challenging problems in modern biology and biomedicine. The scope of the proposed Zing Conference will cover many different fields, such as the nature and principles of protein folding,  folding dynamics, the energy landscape theory of protein folding, protein misfolding  and the related medical disorders,  protein aggregation, intrinsically disordered proteins, and protein structure and dynamics prediction from the amino acid sequence.

Registered to attend Protein Folding 2014? Be sure to take a look at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention page, for information on recommended vaccines and medicines when travelling to the Dominican Republic.  Your Doctor will also be able to provide information and advise on this.

CSBJlogo-300x98“Computational and Structural Biotechnology Journal” will be the forum for the publication of selected papers from the Zing Conference on Protein Folding (2014). We encourage participants presenting at the conference to submit their work as full length manuscripts to Computational and Structural Biotechnology Journal.

award-150x150Best Paper Award
We are proud to announce that CSBJ will be offering a Best Paper Award at this conference. Among the submissions CSBJ receive, the Editorial team will select an article from each session of the conference for the Best Paper Award of $1000 USD. To be in with a chance of winning this prestigious award, please register for the conference and submit your abstract as soon as possible.
Full details and submission requirements can be found at the bottom of this page


Conference Sponsors



The Conference Chairs


Andrzej Kloczkowski
The Ohio State University &
The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital


Robert Jernigan
Iowa State University


Eshel Faraggi
Indiana University School of Medicine


Talk Consideration Deadline: 1st May 2014…… Poster Submission Deadline: 1st May 2014

For general abstract information or to download a copy of our abstract template please follow the links below.

Abstract Information Abstract Template Word Format Abstract Template .pdf Format

If you have already registered for this conference and now wish to submit your abstract or send a revised version, please use the link below

Submit My Abstract

The Venue

Grand Palladium Resort & Spa, Bavaro Hotel
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic



16th July 2014 – 19th July 2014

The Dominican Republic is the second largest and most diverse Caribbean country, situated just two hours south of Miami, less than four hours from New York and eight hours from most European cities.

Located on the shore of Bávaro Beach, where the Caribbean Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean, the Grand Palladium Bavaro Resort & Spa is part of one of the most important tourist complexes in Punta Cana. This idyllic setting boasts a fully self-contained modern conference centre alongside warm Caribbean sun, a one kilometer beach with fine white sand, transparent turquoise sea and lush tropical vegetation.

Known for their warm and hospitable people, the Dominican Republic is a destination like no other: featuring astounding nature, intriguing history and rich culture.

Transfers & Tours

Venue Details
Venue Rating*****
Nearest AirportPunta Cana
Transfers & Tours Click here


Hotel facilities and services include

  • 8 A la Carte restaurants with a wide variety of cuisines
  • 5 Buffet-Style Restaurants
  • 14 Bars around the Resort
  • 4 Pools
  • First-class Spa & Wellness Center
  • 24h reception
  • Currency exchange
Hotel facilities and services include

  • Laundry service
  • Access ramp to common areas and pool
  • Supermarket (with a selection of medicine)
  • Gift shop/souvenirs
  • Medical service
  • Casino
Room facilities include

  • Two double beds or one large double bed
  • Air conditioning and a ceiling fan
  • Electronic safe
  • Hydromassage bath in the room
  • Separate toilet and shower
  • Hair dryer
  • Magnifying vanity mirror
Deluxe room facilities include

  • Minibar refilled daily with water, soft drinks and beer
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Satellite TV
  • Radio alarm clock with MP3 player
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Clothes dryer on terraces.

Plenary Speakers


Harold A. Scheraga
Cornell University
The Protein Folding Problem: Structure, Dynamics, Thermodynamics, and Folding Pathways


C. Robert Matthews
University of Massachusetts Medical School


Patricia Jennings
University of California San Diego
Folding, Function and Frustration in Knotted Proteins


José Onuchic
Rice University
The Energy Landscape for Protein Folding and Bimolecular Machines


Andrzej Joachimiak
Argonne National Laboratory
Sensor domains of histidine kinases two component systems


George H. Lorimer
University of Maryland
GroEL/GroES As A Parallel Processing, Iterative Annealing Machine


Ulrich Hansmann
University of Oklahoma
In Silico Folding and Aggregation of Proteins

Invited Speakers

sulkowskaJoanna Sulkowska
University of Warsaw
morcosFaruck Morcos
Rice University
A relationship between folding landscapes, coevolutionary information and the thermodynamics of sequence selection
kmiechikSebastian Kmiecik
University of Warsaw
Multiscale modeling of protein dynamics: flexibility of globular proteins and binding/folding of a disordered protein

Alberto-Perez-150x150Alberto Perez
Stony Brook University
Using physics and heuristics in protein folding

Dong-xuDong Xu
University of Missouri-Columbia
New Methods for Quality Assessment of Protein Structural Models

donghan-leeDonghan Lee
Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry
Populations of conformers determined by fast motions are shuffled by slow motions

Wladek-Minor-150x150Wladek Minor
University of Virginia
Structural Genomics and Biomedical Community

vakser-150x150Ilya Vakser
The University of Kansas
The Binding of the Poorly Folded: A Systematic Modeling Study

caplewski-150x150Cezary Czaplewski
University of Gdansk
Application of knowledge-based modeling in coarse-grained UNRES simulations

liwo-150x150Adam Liwo
University of Gdansk
A maximum-likelihood approach to force-field calibration

kouzaMaksim Kouza
University of Warsaw
Pathways and free energy landscapes of proteins in the presence of force: an investigation by coarse-grained and all-atom MD simulations

Antti-150x150Antti Niemi
CNRS & Uppsala University
Folding proteins at the speed of life

bahar-150x150Ivet Bahar
University of Pittsburgh
Conformational Dynamics of Neurotransmitter Transporters: Insights from Network Models and Molecular Simulations

pollastriGianluca Pollastri
University College Dublin
Reconstructing protein structures by Neural Network Pairwise Interaction Fields

stanislavStanislaw Oldziej
University of Gdansk
Temperature influence on structure of small proteins – NMR study

clementiCecilia Clementi
Rice University
Multiscale characterization of the photocycle of photoactive yellow protein

MKozak-150x150Maciej Kozak
Adam Mickiewicz University
Human cystatin C oligomers and radiation induced domain swapping

Sulkowski-150x150Piotr Sułkowski
University of Warsaw & CalTech
Fatgraphs and biopolymers

plotkinSteven S. Plotkin
University of British Columbia
On the mystery of enthalpy-entropy cancellation in protein transfer

Jose-Manuel-Sanchez-RuizJosé Manuel Sánchez Ruiz
University of Granada
Folding and stability of resurrected Precambrian proteins

DimaDima Kozakov
Boston University
Dimensionality reduction in protein-protein association

rohs-150x150Remo Rohs
University of Southern California
Protein family-specific DNA readout mechanisms derived from genomic data using machine learning

Karissa-150x150Karissa Sanbonmatsu
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Simulating movement of tRNA through the ribosome

kihara-CustomDaisuke Kihara
Purdue University
Why Protein Folds and Superfamilies have Skewed Distributions?

PapoianGaregin Papoian
University of Maryland
Binding and Folding Landscapes of Ubiquitin and Histone Dimers and Oligomers
HavantVasant G Honavar
Pennsylvania State University
Computational approaches to Analysis and Prediction of Protein-protein Interfaces
Picture_RLR-150x150Roberto López-Rendón
Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México
Application of Markov State Models to Explore Long Timescale Dynamics of proteins

kurnikova-150x150Maria Kurnikova
Carnegie Mellon University
Multi-scale modeling of pH triggered unfolding and membrane association of diphtheria toxin translocation domain

Yang-shen-150x150Yang Shen
Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago
On Conformational Changes Associated with Protein-Protein Interactions: Normal Mode Analysis for Encounter Complexes

Contributing Speakers

Kris Pauwels
Fareed Aboul-ela
Zewail City for Science and Technology
Francesco Simone Ruggeri
École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne
Silvina Matysiak
University of Maryland

Szu-Hua Chen
The University of Texas at Austin

Zeynep Kurkcuoglu Soner
Bogazici University

Li Xue
Penn State University

Torsten Walther
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Rony Granek
Ben-Gurion University
Andrei Alexandrescu
University of Connecticut
Dilshan Harischandra
Iowa State University
Lubomir Antonov
University of Copenhagen

Magdalena Mozolewska
University of Gdansk

Gaurav Chopra
University of California – San Francisco

Conference Programme

Conference Programme

A provisional copy of the conference programme can be viewed using the above link.

CSBJlogo-300x98“Computational and Structural Biotechnology Journal” will be the forum for the publication of selected papers from the Zing Conference on Protein Folding (2014). We encourage participants presenting at the conference to submit their work as full length manuscripts to Computational and Structural Biotechnology Journal.


award-150x150Best Paper Award
We are proud to announce that CSBJ will be offering a Best Paper Award at this conference. Among the submissions CSBJ receive, the Editorial team will select an article from each session of the conference for the Best Paper Award of $1000 USD per session. To be in with a chance of winning this prestigious award, please register for the conference and submit your abstract as soon as possible.

• Authors need to register with the journal prior to submitting or, if already registered, can simply log in and begin the five-step manuscript submission process.
• For Author Guidelines please visit www.csbj.org
• For technical support or queries related to manuscript submissions through CSBJ’s Manuscript Submission System (CSBJ-MSS), please contact publications.assistant@csbj-rncsb.org

Computational and Structural Biotechnology Journal (CSBJ) is an online journal publishing research articles and reviews after full peer review (ISSN 2001-0370). CSBJ is affiliated with the International Chemical Biology Society & Hellenic Society for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics. All articles are published, without barriers to access, immediately upon acceptance. The journal places a strong emphasis on functional and mechanistic understanding of how molecular components in a biological process work together through the application of computational methods. Structural data may provide such insights, but they are not a pre-requisite for publication in the journal. Specific areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

• Structure and function of proteins, nucleic acids and other macromolecules • Structure and function of multi-component complexes • Protein folding, processing and degradation • Enzymology • Computational and structural studies of plant systems • Microbial Informatics • Genomics • Proteomics • Metabolomics • Algorithms and Hypothesis in Bioinformatics • Mathematical and Theoretical Biology • Computational Chemistry & Drug Discovery • Microscopy and Molecular Imaging • Nanotechnology • Systems & Synthetic Biology

The journal welcomes the submission of manuscripts that meet the general criteria of significance and scientific excellence, and enables the rapid publication of papers under the following categories:

• Research articles • Review articles • Mini Reviews • Highlights • Communications • Software/Web server articles • Methods articles • Database articles • Book Reviews • Meeting Reviews

Conference Fees

Full Event Pass – No Accommodation
Optional Extra
Gala Dinner Attendance$45

Price includes conference registration and attendance, lunches and coffee breaks.
This option does not include evening meals or accommodation at the venue.
Full Conference Registration
StandardAccompanying AdultAccompanying ChildExtra Night Adult Extra Night Child
Registration DeadlineJun 30 2014Jun 30 2014Jun 30 2014Jun 30 2014Jun 30 2014

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

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

Accompanying Children: Persons aged 12 and above are regarded as adults by the hotel. Children under the age of 18 months can stay free of charge.

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

To ensure maximum safety at our conferences, registered attendees children under the age of 18 are not permitted in the conference room, poster room or exhibitors room at any time including during the conference hours and poster sessions.

Registered attendee’s children must be 18 or older to attend the Welcome Reception

The Gala Night is open to all children of registered attendees as long as the child is under the supervision of the parent(s) at all times. Children of attendees who are aged 12 – 17 may attend the Gala Reception if they purchase a reduced cost ticket. Registered attendees children 18 or older must purchase a full price Gala Reception ticket to attend. Please email info@zingconferences.com for information on prices or to book a ticket.

Extra Night Fees: Prices are per person per night for hotel accommodation outside the conference dates


Additional Information

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
Please Note: Your accommodation will not be reserved and conference registration is not confirmed until Zing Conferences Ltd have received full payment of all outstanding fees.


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