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Francqui Symposium on the Aggregation of Biological Molecules

Thursday, 4 June, 2015 - 09:00 to Saturday, 6 June, 2015 - 17:00
Campus: Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering campus
Faculty: Science and Bio-engineering Sciences
prof. dr. Dominique Maes

From June 4th to June 6th, professor Dominique Maes and professor Peter G. Vekilov, holder of the Francqui International Chair 2015, organise a symposiom on the aggregation of biological molecules: how physical chemistry illuminates physiology and pathophysiology.


  • Yves Geerts, Université Libre de Bruxelles
  • Anatoly Kolomeisky, Rice University
  • Vassiliy Lubchenko, University of Houston
  • James Lutsko, Université Libre de Bruxelles
  • Dominique Maes, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • Baron Peters, University of California Santa Barbara
  • Bart Rimez, Université Libre de Bruxelles
  • Mike Sleutel, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • Joop ter Horst, University of Strathclyde
  • Peter Vekilov, University of Houston
  • Johan Wouters, Université de Namur
  • Steven de Feyter, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven


Thursday, June 4th

9:00 - 10:00 Peter Vekilov University of Houston Hematin crystallization as a part of malaria pathophysiology
10:00 - 11:00 Anatoly Kolomeisky Rice University Dynamics of assembly and disasssembly of microtubule protein filaments
11:00 - 11:30 Coffee break  
11:30 - 12:30 Joop ter Horst University of Strathclyde Crystal nucleation of small organic compounds from solution
12:30 - 13:30 Catered lunch  
13:30 - 14:30 Yves Geerts ULB Nucleation and growth of molecular crystals in temperature gradient
14:30 - 15:30 Baron Peters UC-Santa Barbara Solute precipitate nucleation: theory and simulation advances
15:30 - 16:00 Coffee break  
16:00 - 17:00 Steven de Feyter KU Leuven Aggregation and self-assembly at the liquid-solid interface: a scanning probe microscopy perspective
17:00 - 18:00 Johan Wouters UNamur Pharmaceutical co-crystals: solid state engineering of pharmaceutical compounds


Friday, June 5th

9:00 - 10:00 Dominique Maes VUB Protein rich cluster and crystals at birth
10:00 - 11:00

Bart Rimez


Solid particle formation in undersaturated conditions

11:00 - 11:30 Coffee break  
11:30 - 12:30 Vassiliy Lubchenko University of Houston Puzzling Mesoscopic Phases in Protein Solutions
12:30 - 13:30 Catered lunch  
13:30 - 14:30 Jim Lutsko ULB Statistical mechanical model for the stability of protein clusters
14:30 - 15:30

Mike Sleutel


Single versus two-step nucleation of proteins: experiments with glucose isomerase

15:30 - 19:30 Free time  
19:30 - 22:30 Conference Dinner  


Saturday, June 6th

Excursion to Bruges  meet at Brussels Central Station at 9:30 am



Attendance of the conference is free, but registration is mandatory. Please do so by filling out the following form.

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