The 3rd Montagne Ste Geneviève Workshop
on NMR of Biological Solids

Friday, September 13, 2013
at IBPC, 13 rue Pierre et Marie Curie, 75005 Paris, France

This is our second announcement for our 1-day workshop on NMR of Biological Solids in Paris, on Friday, September 13, 2013 (for good luck), a Satellite Meeting of the Alpine NMR conference in Chamonix (

Our detailed program is now available. The program will include a session on GPCR membrane proteins with Stan Opella (San Diego, USA) and Philippe Rondard (Montpellier, France), another one on capsid and cell wall proteins with Bo Chen (Orlando, USA), Sabine Hediger (Grenoble, France), Stéphane Duquerroy (Paris, France) and Harald Engelhardt (Martinsried, Germany). Each session will contain a talk on solid-state NMR and a talk from a scientist in a different field. Since we expect a diverse attendance, we also plan a short opening course on the application of solid-state NMR to biology, and flash presentations from selected participants, to stimulate the discussions.

The workshop is free of charge, but limited to around 50 people.

If you need to stay in Paris overnight, you should hurry up to make arrangements because hotels tend to be quite full in Paris at this time of the year (and at all times). Remember that Paris is about six hours away from Chamonix by either plane or train.

Hoping to see you in Paris,

The local organising committee, Monique Chan-Huot (ENS and Institut Curie, Paris and Orsay), Luminita Duma (ENS, Paris), Edith Godard (IBPC, Paris), Christina Sizun (ICSN, Gif-sur-Yvette) and Dror Warschawski (IBPC, Paris).


8:30 - 9:00 Welcome coffee  
9:00 - 10:35 Session 1
(chair: Luminita Duma)
Introduction to the Biosolids workshop
9:00 - 9:10

Ruth Stark, RCN,
New-York, USA

Presentation of the RCN network
9:10 - 9:55 Monique Chan-HuotENS and Institut Curie, Paris and Orsay, France
Introduction to solid-state NMR applied to biological samples
09:55 - 10:05
10:05 - 10:15
10:15 - 10:25
10:25 - 10:35
10:35 - 10:45
10:45 - 10:55
Benjamin Bardiaux
Rudra Purusottam
Nicola Pace
Nicole Faure
Nataliia Voievoda
Nicole Harmouche
Flash presentations

10:55 - 11:10
Coffee Break

11:10 - 12:40 Session 2
(chair: Dror Warschawski)
G-Protein Coupled Receptors
11:10 - 11:55
Stanley Opella, University of California in San Diego, CA, USA
Advantages of NMR for structure determination of GPCRs
11:55 - 12:40
Philippe Rondard, IGF, Montpellier, France Mechanism of activation and allostery in GPCR proteins
12:40 - 14:00 Lunch  
14:00 - 15:30 Session 3
(chair: Christina Sizun)
Self-assembly of biological molecules: viral capsids
14:00 - 14:45

Stéphane Duquerroy, Institut Pasteur, Paris, France

The Structure of the Respiratory Syncytial Virus RiboNucleoCapsid; going back and forth between X-ray Crystallography & Electron Microscopy

14:45 - 15:30

Bo Chen, University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL, USA

Studies of the Self-assembly of Rouse Sarcoma Virus Capsid Protein by TEM, SSNMR and Coarse-Grain Simulations

15:30 - 15:50 Coffee Break

15:50 - 17:20 Session 4
(chair: Monique Chan-Huot)
Self-assembly of biological molecules: bacterial cell walls
15:50 - 16:35

Sabine Hediger, CEA, Grenoble, France

Structure and interaction of the bacterial cell wall by solid-state NMR and DNP

16:35 - 17:20

Harald Engelhardt, Max Planck Institute, Martinsried, Germany

From cells to membrane proteins by cryo-electron tomography

17:20 - 17:30 Organising committee 
Concluding remarks

17:30 - 18:00 Goodbye cocktail