Tools for Analysis of Membrane Proteins


This training will showcase tools, methods and technologies to handle membrane proteins.
Membrane proteins are a different breed of proteins as they are not soluble and require special handling compared to soluble proteins.
The training is aimed at novice scientists who never worked with membrane proteins before but will also address scientists who are already working with membrane proteins and would like to broaden their methodological basis with new modern methods.

The training will start with a look at the basic properties of membrane proteins and how this affects their extraction, purification and quantitation during biochemical/biophysical characterization.
Next, we will look at technologies to analyze protein-protein interactions involving membrane proteins.
Membrane proteins typically transmit signals between compartments so the training will showcase examples of signaling and cell biology across membranes and how membrane proteins can be tackled in drug development assays.
Expression and purification of functionally active membrane proteins to obtain large quantities of these molecules for downstream applications will also be covered.
Finally, we will look at the options available for structural studies of membrane proteins including X-ray crystallography and cryo-EM.

Target Audience

This training targets scientists who want to learn about membrane proteins. It is aimed at PhD students, postdoctoral fellows, technicians or other scientists with a molecular biology background.
Scientific Committee

  • Nico Callewaert, VIB-UGent Center for Medical Biotechnology
  • Rouslan Efremov, VIB-VUB Center for Structural Biology Research
  • Mark Veugelers, VIB Technology Watch team

 ​Confirmed Speakers

  • Tim Dafforn, University of Birmingham, GB
  • Anass Jawhari, Calixar, FR
  • Cédric Govaerts, Université Libre de Bruxelles, BE
  • Arnold Driessen, University of Groningen, NL
  • Robert Tampé, Goethe University Frankfurt, DE
  • Chris Tate, MRC Laboratory, GB
  • Graeme Fraser, Ogeda, BE
  • Bernadette Byrne, Imperial College London, GB
  • Werner Kühlbrandt, Max Planck Institute of Biophysics, DE



Tools for Analysis of Membrane Proteins_program.pdf



  • Participation is free for VIB participants.
  • Registration fee for Academics from Universities and Centers of Excellence is 40 EUR (21% VAT incl.).
  • Registration fee for ​participants from EU-LIFE partner institutes is 40 EUR (21% VAT incl.).
  • Registration fee for Industry is 300 EUR (21% VAT incl.).


20 April 2017


University Foundation
Egmontstraat 11
1000 Brussels


International and regional field experts
Registration is closed.

Registration start date:

19 January 2017 (9:00)

Registration end date:

6 April 2017