Virus Structure and Assembly

Conference Summary

This SRC will focus on virus assembly, virus structure, and structure-based mechanisms of virus replication (entry, replication, virus-host interactions). Studies in these areas provide insight into a multitude of cellular processes from the perspective of relatively simple and relatively easy to manipulate organisms, viruses and bacteriophages. Moreover, these cellular processes are critical for the pathogenicity of infectious viruses and therefore are targets for established and novel anti-viral therapeutics. Many new therapies are a direct result of basic scientific investigations, which have been the emphasis of past FASEB Virus Structure and Assembly conferences.

This SRC will integrate viral genomics, molecular virology, biophysical virology, and structural virology. Invited speakers will showcase diverse approaches to study virus assembly and structure, viral replication, entry into host cells (infection) the interactions and co-evolution between viruses and hosts, and the deep connections between viruses from all kingdoms of life. The meeting will address recent developments in the area of structure determination, such as in single particle electron-microscopic image reconstruction, tomography and asymmetric reconstruction where advances continue to be rapid and exciting. The use of viruses as biomedical and biotechnological tools, and their overall evolutionary trajectories will be featured sessions. Viral genetics, cell biology, and molecular biology will round out this multi-faceted meeting. The diversity of the scientific program and the ample opportunity for interactions among attendees encourages the development of new cross-disciplinary collaborations.   

Submitted abstracts will be considered for short talks. A poster competition, a dedicated session for graduate student talks, and Meet the Expert sessions at meals will provide graduate students and post-docs abundant opportunities for meaningful interactions. Travel funds are expected to be available on a competitive basis for trainees and young investigators.  

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Important Deadlines:     Early Bird: June 9, 2016         Last Day to Register: June 24, 2016  


  • This conference offers a unique mixture of topics in molecular virology, virus structure, and protein functions in replication.
  • Opening night reception and social and recreational opportunities throughout the week provide many occasions for interactions among attendees.
  • Travel awards, short platform talks selected from abstracts and Meet the Speaker tables at mealtime offer trainees ample opportunity to showcase their work and network with more established scientists in the field. 
  • Travel awards will be available for junior scientists and young investigators on a competitive basis, contingent upon funding.   Awards for outstanding student posters

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Mavis Agbandje-McKenna
University of Florida

Dr. Sherwood Casjens
University of Utah

Conference Organizers

James Conway 
University of Pittsburgh 

Rebecca Craven 
Penn State University College of Medicine

Conference Staff

Robin Crawford, CMP, Conference Manager
Pippa O'Shea, Conference Assistant

Contact us:
Email:  src@faseb.org   Phone: 1.301.634.7010

Date & Location

Date: July 24-29, 2016
Location: The Steamboat Grand
                 2300 Mt. Werner Circle
                 Steamboat Springs, CO

Transportation & Lodging

Airport Information

The Steamboat Grand Resort is 22 miles from the Steamboat-Yampa Valley Regional/Hayden Airport (HDN) and 155 miles northwest of Denver International Airport (DIA).  Please note, Hayden Airport is a regional airport and only offers two flights per day during the summer months

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Official Conference Lodging

The Steamboat Grand
2300 Mt. Werner Circle
Steamboat Springs, CO

If you request a single or a double occupancy room, the registration fee covers 5 nights of lodging (Sunday through Thursday night, checkout Friday morning). A credit card will be required upon check-in for incidental expenses (i.e. in-room movies, room service, etc.)

If you plan to arrive early or stay beyond the conference dates, you must make your own reservations for the extra nights you require. You are responsible for payment upon check-out.

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