2018 Symposium

Why Membrane Proteins?

Membrane proteins are critical for cell-cell recognition, inter- and intracellular signaling, transmembrane transport and cell homeostasis, and are of great interest in understanding human disease and as drug targets. It is estimated that membrane proteins represent >30% of the human genome and are the targets of >50% of all therapeutics on the market today. However, only a small fraction of these important proteins have been isolated, the functions of most of them remain unknown, and membrane proteins make up < 1% of solved high-resolution structures in the Protein Data Bank. Reasons for this lag in membrane protein characterization include difficulties in expressing such proteins in significant quantities, in isolating and purifying them in view of their amphipathic character, and in crystallizing them. The COBRE in Membrane Protein Production and Characterization undertakes research to help overcome these difficulties and to elucidate the biological functions of additional membrane proteins.

Date & Time
Monday, April 30, 2018
9:00 AM - 5:15 PM
Registration & Continental Breakfast begins at 8:00 AM

Clayton Hall Conference Center - University of Delaware
Newark, DE

This event is free to the community, but registration is required.

Poster Submission
Attendees presenting a poster MUST email abstracts to Kristi Halberg at using the downloadable abstract template. Please be sure to include all authors & their affiliations.
Deadline for submissions is Friday, April 20, 2018.

If you have any questions, please contact Kristi Halberg at 302-831-4500 or via email at