Microtubules: From Atoms to Complex Systems

M. Dogterom, C. Janke, A. Musacchio, M. Steinmetz

EMBL Heidelberg, Germany

Sunday 29 May - Wednesday 1 June 2016


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Why attend?

The Microtubule field is broad and has progressively branched out into many different subdomains that only rarely enjoy occasions to communicate. Bringing together researchers from these different domains creates novel opportunities for interactions and collaborations, and is expected to catalyse new groundbreaking ideas that could significantly advance our understanding of the microtubule cytoskeleton in health and disease.

The 2016 Microtubule Symposium coincides with the 50th anniversary of the discovery of tubulin. With an eye to history and one to the future, we will bring together representative members of the main domains of the microtubule field, ranging from structural biology, biochemistry and biophysics to cell biology, genetics and chemical biology.

Each session will include a Landmark lectures, main talks and short talks selected from poster abstracts. The Landmark lectures will provide a historical perspective on each domain, thus building a bridge between initial discoveries and current research. The main talks as well as the selected short talks will present the most exciting state‐of‐the‐art advances in the field, ideally including unpublished work. A round table discussion will also take place, in which we will explore the field’s future perspectives.

"2016 - Focus on the cytoskeleton": we expect the Microtubules Symposium together with Actin Symposium to have a strong influence on the future of cytoskeleton research.


  • Tubulin pharmacology
  • Microtubule dynamic instability
  • Tubulin post-translational modifications and isotypes
  • Tubulin and microtubule structure
  • Microtubules in disease
  • Microtubules in neurons
  • Microtubule motors
  • Microtubules in cell division
  • Microtubules in centrosomes, cilia, flagella
  • Evolutionary divergence of tubulin and microtubules
  • Non-motile microtubule-associated proteins
  • Microtubule biophysics and modelling