From Atoms to Cells – Electron Microscopy for Structure Solution

ACA 2023 Transactions Symposium | Saturday, July 8, 2023


Jim Ciston

[Molecular Foundry, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory]

Tamir Gonen

[Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of California, Los Angeles]

Confirmed Speakers:

Hong Zhou, Professor UCLA
Tim Grant, Assistant Professor, Morgridge Institute for Research
Matt Swulius, Assistant Professor Penn State.
Emma Danelius, Postdoctoral Fellow UCLA
Jihan Zhou, Assistant Professor Peking University
Julia Mundy, Assistant Professor Harvard University
Colin Ophus, Staff Scientist Berkeley National Lab



Structural determination in biology and materials science encompasses all resolutions, from atoms to entire organelles and cells. Knowledge of the three dimensional structure of biological materials, metals, materials and cells helps guide rational drug design and development, understanding of novel electronic materials, and understanding of the precise local structure of layered, disordered or amorphous materials. In this year’s Transactions symposium of the American Crystallographic Association we put together a fantastic lineup of top scientists working on all resolution scales and a multitude of technologies that are related. 

Image to the right by Brent Nannenga   Image to the left by Emma Danelius
Image Above by Matt Swulius    Image Above by Jihan Zhou


In this symposium we will hear from experts and pioneers in the field of electron cryomicroscopy (cryoEM). Both applications and software for cryoEM will be highlighted as new technologies are developed and described by the experts. We will explore the uses of two other cryoEM methods, namely electron cryotomography (cryoET) of synapses and neuronal networks and microcrystal electron diffraction (MicroED) for drug discovery and the determination of novel structures. Finally, we will hear about applications of scanning electron microscopy and investigations of inorganic layered, disordered or amorphous materials by diffraction methods. We will also hear about the latest and greatest from experts involved in the development of data reduction software for X-ray crystallography and MicroED. 

We are excited to have a spectacular lineup of speakers and look forward to welcoming you to the 2023 Transactions symposium!