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Intrinsically Disordered


The intrinsically disordered proteins (IDPs)

community was treated to two spectacular meet-

ings at the end of June in beautiful Les Diablerets,

Switzerland. First was the Gordon Research Sym-

posium organized by

Rebecca Berlow





Function Through Disorder: Intrinsi-

cally Disordered Proteins in Biology and Medicine


The symposium brought together 65 students and

postdocs from 14 countries and 44 academic and

industrial institutions. The meeting featured short

talks by 10 outstanding junior researchers and two

lively poster sessions, as well as a career panel cov-

ering topics ranging from job applications to future

perspectives on the field.

The symposium was followed by the fourth In-

trinsically Disordered Proteins Gordon Research

Conference organized by

Monika Fuxreiter


Richard Kriwacki

. Like the one before it, this meet-

ing was fully subscribed. The theme of the confer-

ence was

Disordered Proteins: From Mechanisms to

Therapeutic Opportunities

. The broad importance

of IDPs in biological systems and their interesting

biophysical properties brought together both aca-

demic and industry researchers from diverse fields

and included biologists, biophysicists, chemists,

neuroscientists, engineers, and oncologists. Many

at the conference were first-time participants, high-

lighting the evolving and increasingly diverse

interest in IDPs. Among the rapidly advancing

areas of IDP research highlighted at the confer-

ence were the importance of IDPs in membrane-

less organelle organization and function, IDPs in

cellular signaling and homeostasis, and progress

on the therapeutic targeting of IDPs. Look for the

next Gordon Research Symposium and Gordon

Research Conference in the summer of 2018!

Steven Metallo

, IDP Subgroup


Student Center

Michiel Niesen

Department of Chemistry and

Chemical Engineering

California Institute of



What made you decide to study


As an undergraduate, I was mainly interested in

studying the natural sciences, but I had not yet

decided what direction in particular to pursue.

The favorite part of my study was collabora-

tive group projects, especially biophysics-related

projects, because they represented a perfect blend

of the fields I wanted to study. The connection

between biology and fundamental science seemed

very powerful to me, and a great way of truly

understanding how living organisms function

with such sophisticated properties. Based on this I

decided to pursue graduate research in biophysics.

Michiel Niesen

Members in the News

Eve Marder

, Brandeis Uni-

versity and Society member

since 1995, was awarded

the Kavli Price for Neuro-


Bozhi Tian

, University of

Chicago and Society mem-

ber since 2015, was award-

ed the Presidential Early

Career Award for Scientists

and Engineers.

Rakesh Jain

, (not pictured) Harvard Medi-

cal School and Society member since 1999,

was awarded the National Medal of