The Southeast Regional Collaborative Access Team (SER-CAT) is an organization consisting of 22 member institutions, formed in 1997 to provide third generation x-ray capabilities to macromolecular crystallographers and structural biologists in the southeastern region of the U.S.
Emphasis is placed on de novo SAD/MAD structure determination, high-resolution structural analyses, large unit cells, drug design, structural genomics, soft X-ray data collection and next-generation beamline automation. SER-CAT is located at the Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory, and is operated by the University of Georgia, with Professor Bi-Cheng Wang as Director.
Please peruse the pages of our website to find out more about SER-CAT and how we are "shining a new light" on protein crystallography. Have a look at The SER-CAT Spectrum, our biannual newsletter, to learn about recent breakthroughs. As always, your comments and suggestions are welcome.
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*News and Announcements*
SER-CAT's 10th Annual SER-CAT Symposium and Board Meeting is Scheduled on March 15 - 16, 2013
The 10th SER-CAT Symposium will be held on March 15, 2013 at the Chemical Science Laboratory auditorium on campus of the Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida.
For additional information on the Symposium, please visit http://www.sb.fsu.edu/~symposium/
The SER-CAT's annual Executive Board Meeting will be held on March 16, 2013 at the Double Tree by Hilton in Tallahassee.
The 9th Annual SER-CAT Symposium and Board Meeting
The 9th Annual SER-CAT Symposium, organized by Drs. David Rodgers and Craig Vander Kooi was pleasantly held at University of Kentucky's Young Library on March 16, 2012 in Lexington, Kentucky. Over 60 participants attended the event and shared their most recent, significant structural and crystallographic research discoveries with the group. SER-CAT's staff and the APS Deputy Director Dr. Denny Mills also respectively provided members with an update on SER-CAT's current capabilities and coming developments, and the "Future Happenings at the APS". This year's symposium, consisting of over 12 oral presentations (see 2012 Symposium Abstracts), and more than 20 posters by largely student attendees, continued upon the aims of SER-CAT's outreach mission, to facilitate collaborative interactions between SER-CAT members, the general user community, and student participants.
2012 SER-CAT Symposium Participants
University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
SER-CAT kindly thanks Drs. David Rodgers and Craig Vander Kooi, their participating staff, and the University of Kentucky for hosting this year's successful event. Our sincere gratitude is also extended to all of the attendees and speakers for their support during the Symposium.
SER-CAT's annual Executive Board Meeting was held on Saturday, March 17, 2012, at Marriott Residence Inn in Lexington, Kentucky
CONGRATULATIONS to SER-CAT's 2012 Award Winners!!
Dr. Peter D. Kwongof NIAID, National Institutes of Health received the 2012 SER-CAT Outstanding Science Award for his work on “Structure of HIV – 1 gp120 V1/V2domain with broadly neutralizing antibody PG9”.
Peter Kwong (right) receives the 2012 SER-CAT
Outstanding Science Award from B.C. Wang
Dr. Jason Stagnoof NCI, National Institutes of Health received 2012 SER-CAT Young Investigator Award for his work on “Structural basis for RNA recognition by NusB and NusE in the initiation of transcription antitermination.”.
Jason Stagno (right) receives the 2012 SER-CAT
Young Investigator Award from B.C. Wang
SER-CAT is pleased to recognize Dr. Kwong and Dr. Stagno for their scientific achievements, and congratulates them again for receiving our 2012 science awards. A special thanks also to all of you who submitted nominations for this year's award presentations.
2013 SER-CAT Awards nomination forms are available at the following links:
GENERAL USER INFORMATION
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Both BM and ID Robots are fully commissioned. All first time robotics users must contact
Elizabeth Kolbusz (SER-CAT's User
Support Coordinator) prior to their visit.
MISCELLANEOUS MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION
As a service to our Members, SER-CAT is pleased to provide helpful links for the following information:
Historical Presentation of SER-CAT SER-CAT celebrated its 10th year Anniversary in 2007. In honor of this special occasion, SER-CAT's director Dr. Bi-Cheng Wang created a historical presentation highlighting many SER-CAT's exciting achievements. You are invited to view this PDF slideshow entitled, "SER-CAT: The First 10 Years" to see the chronological history of our development, including the important ribbon cutting ceremony held at the APS in 2002. We sincerely express our gratitude to each of you who supported SER-CAT's growth, and look forward to many more productive years ahead!
The SER-CAT Approach!
We would like to share another slide presentation given by SER-CAT Director Dr. Bi-Cheng Wang at the 9th International Conference on Biology and Synchrotron Radiation in Manchester, England, entitled, "Remaining Challenges in Long Wavelength Phasing: The SER-CAT Approach" (PDF). This presentation highlights SER-CAT's work on data collection at all possible wavelengths, including sulfur phasing.
OTHER USEFUL INFORMATION
SER-CAT Featured on World Business Review
SER-CAT was featured on the TV program World Business Review, which aired on the Bravo Network in February 2005. You may view the featured segment in streaming audio following the links below. If you would like a copy of this valuable resources to distribute locally ob CD or DVD, please contact Lily Li at firstname.lastname@example.org.