Keynote Speakers

1987 Plenary Speaker

0702-35 Branton Campbell Lab Single Crystal X-ray diffractometer February 22, 2007 Photography by Mark A. Philbrick Copyright BYU Photo 2007 All Rights Reserved (801)422-7322Branton Campbell –
Following a PhD in Materials Science at UC Santa Barbara and a post-doctoral appointment at Argonne National Laboratory, Branton received a faculty appointment at Brigham Young University, where he is currently a professor of physics.  Current research interests include the use of group-representation theory to discover the structures of commensurate and incommensurate distortions in crystalline materials.


vittalJJ Vittal
JJ Vittal received his BSc from University of Madras, MSc from Madurai University and PhD from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. After postdoctoral research at the University of Western Ontario, Canada, he managed the X-ray facility. He then moved to Singapore in 1997 where he is currently a Professor in the Department of Chemistry, National University of Singapore. He held a World Class University Chair Professorship at the Gyeongsang National University, Jinju, South Korea (2009-2013). JJ’s broad research interests include solid state chemistry, inorganic materials and crystal engineering. He co-authored ‘Crystal Engineering – A Textbook’ with G.R. Desiraju and A. Ramanan


cooperRichard Cooper –
Richard Cooper is the Head of Chemical Crystallography and an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Oxford. He is a developer of the widely used crystallographic software package CRYSTALS and his research interests lie in developing methods for crystallographic analyses and in knowledge-based prediction and understanding of the structure of materials.

DHI_8451Kristina Djinovic-Carugo –
Kristina Djinovic-Carugo received her MSc in Chemistry from University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, as well as her PhD in Structural Biology, performed at the University of Pavia, Italy in 1992. After post-doctoral research at the University of Pavia, she moved to European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg, Germany(1995), where she stayed first as EMBO postdoctoral fellow and then as EMBL staff scientist. In 1999 she joined Elettra – Sincrotrone Trieste, Italy, where she from 2001 headed the Unit of Structural Biology and Crystallography. In 2004 she moved to University of Vienna, Austria, where she holds the Chair of Molecular Structural biology and since 2009 acts as the Head of the Department of Structural and Computation Biology. Kristina Djinovic-Carugo broad scientific interest lies in investigation of the molecular mechanisms underlying the actin-based cytoskeleton of striated muscle.

JW 2 040814James Whisstock
Professor James Whisstock studied for his degree and PhD at the University of Cambridge. He moved to Monash University in 1997. Currently, James is an NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow and Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Advanced Molecular Imaging. His research areas include structural biology and drug development with a particular focus on immunity-related complexes. In these regards his team studies inflammation, blood coagulation and the major immune effectors responsible for destruction of virally infected or malignant cells.