Date and Time:
 November 2nd, 4 pm to November 3rd, 3 pm.

Location: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Biomedical Science Tower 3, Room 6014

Description: The Gateway NMR Conference brings together NMR practitioners to share their exciting research, get to know each other, share new and know-how, and initiate potential collaborations.  NMR Researchers from academia, national laboratories, and industry are encouraged to attend.

Special features of this year:
1) We will have a reception on Nov 2 for all attendees.
2) We will have two poster awards for students/postdocs.

Registration (Deadline, October 14, 2018)

Registration has been closed.  All poster applications were accepted.




Keynote Speaker: Dr. Robert Tycko (NIH)

Invited Speakers

Dr. David D. Boehr (Penn State University)

Dr. Matthias Buck (Case Western Reserve University)

Dr. Terry Gullion (West Virginia University)

Dr. Sarah Keane (University of Michigan)

Dr. Ayyalusamy Ramamoorthy (University of Michigan)

Dr. Gary Lorigan (Miami University)

Dr. Pei Tang (University of Pittsburgh)


Tentative program


*Please note - it will take 5-10 minutes to get through building security.


November 2 (Friday)


4:00 pm Opening remarks


Session I - Solid State NMR


4:15 - 5:00 - Keynote Lecture. Robert Tycko (NIH) "NMR at very low temperatures: An approach to millisecond-scale structure determination and micron-scale imaging"


5:00-5:30 - Ayyalusamy Ramamoorthy (University of Michigan) "NMR Approaches to probe dynamic protein-ptotein interactions in a membrane environment" 


5:30-5:50 - Mingyue Li (University of Pittsburgh) "MAS NMR studies of the interaction of cytochrome c and cardiolipin in triggering mitochondrial apoptosis"


6:00 pm - Reception


7:00 pm - Poster session I

                NMR Facilty Tour I (optional)


November 3 (Saturday)

8:40 am - Coffee


Session II - NMR and other methods


9:00 – 9:30 - Pei Tang (University of Pittsburgh) “NMR to resolve missing pieces in X-ray and cryoEM structures”


9:30 – 10:00 - Gary Lorigan (Miami University) “Magnetic resonance structural studies of membrane proteins”


10:00 – 10:30 - Matthias Buck (Case Western Reserve University) “Dynamic protein complexes: A perspective from NMR studies and from molecular dynamics simulations”


10:30 – 10:50 Break 


Session III – NMR methodologies 


10:50 – 11:10 - Robbie Iuliucci (Washington & Jefferson College) “DFT spectral peak assignments based on chemical shift anisotropy of cimetidine form A”


11:10 – 11:40 - Terry Gullion (West Virginia University) “I.  RF power and spinning speed control II.  Solid-state NMR of insect wings”


11:40 – 11:55 - Robert Wolfe (Michigan State University) “Native chemical ligation synthesis of the Gp41 ectodomain with specific isotopic labeling and solid-state NMR structural studies”


12:00 pm Lunch 


12:30 pm   Poster session II 

        NMR facility tour II (optional)


Session IV – Biomolecular NMR


1:30 – 1:45 - Cheng Wang (Ohio State University) “Accurate identification of known and unknown metabolites by multidimensional NMR and customized metabolite database”


1:45 – 2:00 - Aparna Unnikrishnan (Ohio State University) “Structure and dynamics in Cre-loxP system of DNA recombination”


2:00 – 2:30 - Sarah Keane (University of Michigan) “NMR studies of an RNA thermosensor”


2:30 – 3:00 - David Boehr (Penn State University) “Coordinated network changes across the catalytic cycle of alpha tryptophan synthase”


3:00 pm   Award presentation and Closing remark


POSTERS - New poster submission was closed.  Individual poster size should be less than 48 x 48 inches.  To make a space between posters, less than 46 x 46 inches is preferred.






Meeting Location. Biomedical Science Tower 3. 3501 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh PA15213

There is a security gate to enter the building. Please bring your photo ID with you.


Hotels in walking distance from Biomedical Science Tower 3 (BST3).

- Hilton Garden University Place (3454 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213)‎

- Residence Inn Pittsburgh Oakland/University Place (3341 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213)

- Quality Inn University Center (3401 Boulevard of the Allies, Pittsburgh, PA 15213)

- Hampton Inn Pittsburgh University/Med Center (3315 Hamlet St. Pittsburgh, PA 15213)

- Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center (100 Lytton Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213)





University parking. 

Soldiers and Sailors (distance 0.3 mile)

Allequippa Street Lot is one of the largest lot. (distance 0.6 mile)


Public parking

Forbes Semple Garage (210 Meyran Ave, Pittsburgh) (distance 0.2 mile)




Organizers / Contact


If you have any questions, please contact the organizers at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Organizing committee members 

Rieko Ishima (Chair); Rafael Brüschweiler; Ayyalusamy Ramamoorthy; David Weliky 


Local Scientific committee members

Rieko Ishima; Andrew P. Hinck; Damodaran Krishnan Achary 


Acknowledgements. We would like to thank Doug Bevan, Mike Delk, Dean Duncan, Janet Zambotti in the Department of Structural Biology at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine for administrative support of the symposium. 



Financial Support



FEBS Journal




Spectroscopy Society in Pittsburgh 

University of Pittsburgh 

Suraj Manrao Student Science Fund