Late Submission and Travel Fellowships Announcement

Due to a number of requests we are pleased to announce that the deadline for submissions for the symposium will be extended till Sep 14th 2014. If you haven't submitted already, now is your chance to submit to LA-SCS ( We are also happy to announce that we will be able to offer Travel Fellowships to candidates. Instructions for applying to TFs will be sent by email to the corresponding authors after the close of submissions

We already have more than 40 works that have been submitted along with two excellent keynote speakers: Prof. Vitor Leite ( and Prof. Francisco Melo ( Don't lose the opportunity to become part of this event!

We hope to see you all in Belo Horizonte,

The LA-SCS Team


Second Keynote Announced

We are pleased to announce Dr Francisco Melo as our second speaker for the LA-SCS. Dr Melo is Member of the Board of Directors of the ISCB and Leader of the Molecular Bioinformatics Laboratory at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica, Chile.

Most of the work done at Dr Melo's laboratory focuses on the study of the sequence, structure and function relationships between proteins and nucleic acids. Through the analysis and processing of large amounts of experimental data, physical principles, statistical methods and artificial intelligence techniques, they study and analyze protein-DNA interfaces in order to predict binding sites, affinity and peptide inhibitors.

Dr Melo is also a co-author of the MODELLER software, one of the most widely used software in the field of protein structure prediction. 
Melo has developed software, databases and web servers for analyzing the stability of DNA-DNA interactions (dnaMATE), for studying protein ligand binding sites (ProBiSite), protein structures in general and to accurately estimate the gene expression levels of full transcriptomes from experimental data (SAGExplore).

Check out the lab web page ( for further information.


First Keynote Announced

We are pleased to announce Prof. Vitor Leite as our first speaker for the LA-SCS. Prof. Leite is a Research Scientist and leader of the Vitor Leite Research Group at the Departamento do Fisica at the Universidade Estadual Paulista, Brazil.  

Prof. Leite works mostly on the protein folding problem. The accepted theory known as energy landscape, uses the funnel potential energy as a fundamental concept in the understanding of protein folding.  Using minimalist and coarse-grained models we address basic aspects of the problem such as role of hydrophobicity, frustration, hydrophobicity and topology in folding process, and visualization and quantitative descriptors for the folding funnel.

Check the laboratory web page for further information.




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