8th Annual SIBYLS BioSAXS workshop 2017

8th Annual SIBYLS BioSAXS workshop 2017

We are pleased to announce the 8th annual SIBYLS bioSAXS workshop as part of the Advanced Light Source 2017 User Meeting:

Date: October 3 – 4, 2017

Location: Advanced Light Source at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA


The 8th annual SIBYLS bioSAXS workshop will cover frontiers in Biological SAXS. The two-day workshop will provide participants with software tutorial sessions for biological SAXS in addition to hands-on training in experimental techniques. The latest advances in SAXS studies on biological systems will be discussed with particular focus on advances in synchrotron scattering techniques, dynamic and flexible structures in biomolecule, membrane protein scattering, and complementary methods in crystals and in solution. Updates on current developments of software for SAXS analysis pertaining to structural biology will be illustrated.

The first day of the workshop will begin with a brief run-through on current updates. Greg Hura, Berkeley Lab’s SAXS Beamline scientist at SIBYLS, will introduce the capabilities of the new detector and the future of high throughput SAXS at the SIBYLS Beamline 12.3.1. The keynote speaker, John Tainer from MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, will continue Dr. Hura’s discussion by elaborating on the basics of SAXS.

Michal Hammel, another one of Berkeley Lab’s SAXS Beamline Scientists, will give a talk about SAXS modeling, SAXS profile computations using FOXS, and calculations of SAXS shape.

Other distinguished speakers (TBD), will contribute to the basis of the workshop over two days by sharing complementary experimental approaches and modeling techniques. This will provide for a flux of ideas among workshop participants, and inspire new perspectives for future data analysis. The second day of the workshop will be dedicated to practical hands-on exercises.

Enrollment is limited to 30 participants.

Organizers: Michal Hammel, Greg Hura

Inquires: Kathryn Burnett

Registration: Early registration is open until September 18th. When you register, indicate that you plan to attend the “Biological Small-Angle X-Ray Scattering (SAXS)” workshop. Here is the link to REGISTER for the 2017 Advanced Light Source User Meeting. 


Tuesday, October 3rd 

12:20 Lunch (ALS Patio and Exhibitor Tent)

14:00 Welcoming Remarks: Michal Hammel, LBNL (Bldg 2, rm 100B)

14:15 John Tainer, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

          “Making macromolecular structures speak”

15:00 Coffee Break  

15:15 Greg Hura, LBNL 

          “What is going on with the SIBYLS Beamline?”

16:00 Kathryn Burnett, LBNL: Mail-in SAXS at SIBYLS

16:20 Michal Hammel and Daniel Rosenberg, LBNL: SEC SAXS at SIBYLS

17:00 End of first day’s workshop

Wednesday, October 5th (Building 2, room 100B)

9:00   Short presentations followed by open discussion

10:00 Coffee Break

10:15 Beamline tour and demonstration, Greg Hura and Tad Ogorzalek, LBNL

11:15 Greg Hura: SAXS Analysis

12:00 Lunch (ALS patio and Exhibitors Tent)

13:00 Henry Tang, LBNL 

          “Conformational Change Analysis with SAXS”

13:30 Soumya Remesh, LBNL

          “Tools for modeling flexibility in proteins using SAXS data”

14:00 Practical session with Mentors 

16:45 Closing comments: Michal Hammel, LBNL

17:00 End of BioSAXS workshop