About

SCIENTIFIC ORGANIZING COMMITTEE
Huilin Li, Ph.D.
Wei Lü, Ph.D.
Juan Du, Ph.D.
Gongpu Zhao, Ph.D.
Karsten Melcher, Ph.D.
H. Eric Xu, Ph.D.
• Zuanning Yuan, Ph.D.

ABOUT THE DAVID VAN ANDEL ADVANCED CRYO-ELECTRON MICROSCOPY SUITE
Van Andel Research Institute’s David Van Andel Advanced Cryo-Electron Microscopy Suite harnesses revolutionary technology to visualize some of life’s smallest—yet most vital—components, including cells and molecular complexes, such as proteins. The suite encompasses a suite of state-of-the-art cryo-electron microscopes (cryo-EM), which are supported by expert staff and a robust high-performance computing cluster with extensive cloud capabilities.

The heart of the suite is the Titan Krios transmission electron microscope, which allows scientists to obtain high-resolution images of cells and molecules in their natural state. The Core also houses a Talos Arctica, often considered the “workhorse” of cryo-EM, and a Tecnai Spirit G2 BioTWIN, which is used for preliminary screening of samples.

ABOUT VAN ANDEL INSTITUTE
VARI-LogoCMYKVan Andel Institute (VAI)
 is an independent biomedical research and science education organization committed to improving the health and enhancing the lives of current and future generations. Established by Jay and Betty Van Andel in 1996 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, VAI has grown into a premier research and educational institution that supports the work of more than 360 scientists, educators and staff. Van Andel Research Institute (VARI), VAI’s research division, is dedicated to determining the epigenetic, genetic, molecular and cellular origins of cancer, Parkinson’s and other diseases and translating those findings into effective therapies. The Institute’s scientists work in on-site laboratories and participate in collaborative partnerships that span the globe. Learn more about Van Andel Institute or donate by visiting www.vai.org. 100% To Research, Discovery & Hope®

ABOUT GRAND RAPIDS
Consistently named to top 10 lists, Grand Rapids was included in the New York Times’s list of top places to visit in 2016, a distinction it also received in 2015 from Groupon and from Lonely Planet in 2014. It has received dozens of accolades in recent years including being named as the Best Beer Town by USA Today. The city is a thriving hub of art and culture, boasting numerous museums and theaters, and is home to a host of restaurants, brew pubs, and bistros that have something for everyone.

Learn more at www.experiencegr.com.