R4B Symposium

 Lipid Membrane Eukaryotic & Prokaryotic Biology

Lifelong learning is our mindset and thus, at Rafts4Biotech we are organising training activities like our annual Symposium. The first of these events will take place in Madrid this September and have Lipid Membrane Eukaryotic & Prokaryotic Biology Symposium as a central topic, as membranes play a key role in our project.

In words of our project coordinator, Daniel López “Membrane organization is crucial for the cell viability and the correct function of many membrane-associated cellular processes. Understanding membrane organization and the lipid-proteins interactions that participate in membrane assembly is thus essential to address questions related to both eukaryotic and prokaryotic biology. Nonetheless, the mechanisms involved in membrane organization are far from being understood, as they often require an approach within the cell biology and lipid biochemistry interface that is not inherent to many laboratories. This symposium brings together some of the most relevant researchers in lipid biochemistry and bacterial membrane organization to discuss their contribution to the field and the progress in membrane biology in past years. This event also aims to provide a space with which current and future challenges in membrane biology can be debated.”

The R4B Symposium will include sessions on lipid systems biology, membrane antibiotics and membrane lipid organization. Additionally, through short talks, e-poster presentations and roundtables, participants will have the chance to learn all about lipid microbiology and engage in great scientific discussion. If you are a young researcher working on this field and are interested on attending our summer school stay tuned and save the date!

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Invited speakers

Ilya Levental
Ilya Levental McGovern Medical School of the University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, USA
Leendert Hamoen
Leendert HamoenFaculty of Science, Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences, Univ. Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Eefjan Breukink
Eefjan BreukinkChemistry, Biomolecular Sciences, Membrane Biochemistry & Biophysics Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Anne-Claude Gavin
Anne-Claude GavinMolecular Medicine Partnership Unit, EMBL, Heidelberg, Germany
Henrik Strahl
Henrik StrahlInstitute for Cell and Molecular Biosciences. Newcastle University, Newcastle University, UK
James Sáenz
James SáenzB CUBE Center for Molecular Bioengineering, TU Dresden, Germany

R4B Symposium talks

Daniel López 

Spatio-temporal organization of bacterial lipid rafts

Ilya Levental

The design principles of mammalian membranes

Leendert Hamoen

Antimicrobial mode of action

 Henrik Strahl

Microscopic and spectroscopic analysis of membrane fluidity and domain formation in Bacteria

Auke van Heel

 Developing novel antibiotics against Gram-negative pathogens

James Saenz

From ancient lipids to synthetic life

Jean Marc Ghigo 

 Biofilm-specific lipid A palmitoylation in Escherichia coli


This symposium is open for PhD students and Postdocs working on the field of membrane lipids. If you are interested in attending this event fill in the registration form and send us an abstract about your research project (max 250 words)

Registration fee 45 €
Two travel grants available
Extended registration deadline: July 20

The registration is now closed


The R4B Symposium will take place at Fundación COTEC in the heart of Madrid.

Calle de Velázquez, 24,
28001 Madrid