Scientist-in-Charge P. Tompa
Department of Structural Biology at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel

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VIB is a life sciences research institute in Flanders, Belgium. With more than 1200 scientists from over 60 countries, they perform basic research into the molecular foundations of life. VIB works in close partnership with four universities − UGent, K.U.Leuven, University of Antwerp and Vrije Universiteit Brussel and is funded by the Flemish government. VIB has 12 departments and units, covering research areas ranging from systems biology, molecular plant biology, molecular genetics, cancer research, microbiology, and neurodegenerative diseases. VIB Department of Structural Biology is located at the VUB (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) in Brussels. The department headed by Peter Tompa is dedicated to study basic problems in molecular biology and pathology by applying structural-biology approaches. Within the department, the group of Peter Tompa is interested in theoretical, bioinformatic and experimental studies on intrinsically disordered proteins.

Contribute planning of individual training programs, supervise training-through-research activities, providing facilities for the cloning and initial structural-functional characterization of IDPs, giving lecture courses on these proteins and organize one ITC. Leader of WP6.

Key competences and facilities
Structural biology of physiological and pathological processes, recombinant protein production, mutagenesis, molecular biology, cell biology, X-ray crystallography, NMR, SPR, Nanotherm, ITC, cameloid antibody (nanobody).

Key persons
Jan Steyart (nanobodies as crystallographic aids, GPCRs, amyloids)
Han Remaut (bacterial adhesins)
Joris Messens (redox systems)
Nico van Nuland (NMR)
Remy Loris (bacterial toxin-antitoxin systems)
Peter Tompa (intrinsically disordered proteins)

Previous training programs and research
Tech Transfer and science-based entrepreneurship
Introduction to biostatistics
Scientific writing
Scientific writing and oral presentations
Statistical thinking and reasoning in experimental design
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IDP by NMR is a Marie Curie
activity funded under
FP7 people programme