Biomolecular Machines Conference – Protein Flexibility and Allostery

May 18-21, 2017 – Banff, Alberta, Canada

Welcome to the Biomolecular Machines Conference!

The Biomolecular Machines Conference will be held at the Banff Park Lodge (Banff, Alberta, Canada) between May 18-21, 2017. This year’s conference theme will focus on the importance of allostery and flexibility in protein function.

The goals of the conference are to bring together junior and senior researchers working in the fields of protein dynamics and allostery. By bringing expert researchers with diverse backgrounds and approaching this field with distinct perspectives and methodologies, we hope to improve our understanding of these fundamental principles governing biomolecular function, in addition to offering means to develop a strong network of colleagues sharing interests in biomolecular function.

This year’s symposium is co-organized by Prof. Nicolas Doucet (INRS-University of Quebec, Montreal, QC), Dr. Pratul K. Agarwal (Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN), and Chakra S. Chennubhotla (University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA).

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We are extremely grateful to the sponsors of this year’s event:


Conference Registration

Please register to the Biomolecular Machines Conference here:

At this point, conference registration is closed. Registration was $300 per delegate (no tax), and included all breakfast, lunch, and coffee breaks for May 19-20-21, 2017. Dinner meals were not included.

How to get to Banff?

Many international and North American airlines fly directly to the Calgary International Airport.

From the airport, it is a scenic 90 minute (140 kilometre or 87 mile) drive to Banff & Lake Louise. There are regular shuttle bus connections from the airport to Banff & Lake Louise or you could rent a car from the airport or in Calgary city.

If you would like to make a proper road trip, Vancouver International Airport is 850 kilometers (530 miles) to the west of Banff & Lake Louise.

For more information on how to get to Banff (AB, Canada), see:

Getting Here

Town of Banff

Housing and Venue

The Biomolecular Machines Conference will be held at the Banff Park Lodge, which is conveniently located in the Town of Banff (Alberta, Canada), just steps away from the glacier-fed Bow River. The Banff Park Lodge is a full-service resort hotel and conference centre where visitors can experience the best of both worlds: the peace and solitude of a quiet location, yet quick access to a livelier scene in downtown Banff.

(All prices in Canadian Dollars.)


Attendees are required to reserve their guest room with one of the reservation agents of the Banff Park Lodge at 1-800-661-9266 (toll free) or 403-762-4433. The special conference rate is available until 5PM on April 10th, 2017.

Superior Rooms at a special rate of $159/night (+taxes) have been reserved for conference delegates (single or double occupancy). For triple or quad accommodation: additional guests will be charged $15/person per night (+taxes). A maximum of 4 adults are permitted per room. If desired, convention rates are extended to delegates 2 days prior and 2 days after the convention dates on a space available basis.


Indoor parking is designated for registered hotel guests. A daily parking charge is not included in the guestroom rates. Parking charges are $10/day for self parking and $15/day for valet parking (+taxes).

Scientific Program

Follow this link for a PDF of the final program.

The Biomolecular Machines Conference is held bet seen May 18-21, 2017.

Speakers for this year include:

Pratul K. Agarwal – Oak Ridge National Laboratory (Oak Ridge, TN)

David D. Boehr – Penn State University (State College, PA)

Chakra S. Chennubhotla – University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA)

Roberto A. Chica – University of Ottawa (Ottawa, ON)

Nicolas Doucet – INRS-University of Quebec (Montreal, QC)

Jacob Durrant – University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA)

Donald Hamelberg – Georgia State University (Atlanta, GA)

Mike Harms – University of Oregon (Eugene, OR)

Joe Kaczmarski (from Colin J. Jackson’s lab) – Australian National University (Canberra, Australia)

Sagar Khare – Rutgers (Piscataway, NJ)

David Koes – University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA)

Giuseppe Melacini – McMaster University (Hamilton, ON)

Tony Mittermaier – McGill University (Montreal, QC)

Joelle N. Pelletier – University of Montreal (Montreal, QC)

Nobuhiko Tokuriki – University of British Columbia (Vancouver, BC)

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