An International Symposium of the Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities

ABRF 2017 - San Diego
March 25 - 28, 2017

ABRF 2017, "A Forum for Advancing Today’s Core Technologies to Enable Tomorrow’s Innovations," will bring together international leaders in our core disciplines to provide a vision of what can be done, and insight toward making further progress as we work in the present. Core facilities are uniquely positioned to lead efforts to develop and optimize workflows for the generation of reproducible data, as well as to implement and disseminate these methods among laboratories. Meeting attendees will have the opportunity to be inspired by recent scientific advances, as well as to gain practical knowledge on implementing methodologies today in order to support future discoveries.


Keynote Address
Saturday March 25th 2017, 5:00 - 6:00 PM
(Opening Reception to follow)

Hudson H. Freeze, PhD

Professor of Glycobiology and Director of the Human Genetics Program
Sanford Children's Health Research Center
Sanford-Burnham-Prebys Medical Discovery Institute
La Jolla, California

Dr. Freeze has earned nearly 40 years of continuous NIH funding in Glycobiology, beginning with his postdoctoral work. In the last 20 years he focused on the identification and understanding of human genetic disorders, the Congenital Disorders of Glycosylation (CDG), which now number over 100. He collaborates closely with physicians, families and their support organizations and regularly consults on cases while still tracking the genetic basis of multiple patients with unknown glycosylation defects.

The 2017 ABRF Award & Lecture
for Outstanding Contributions to Biomolecular Technologies

Professor Sir Shankar Balasubramanian
University of Cambridge

Professor David Klenerman
University of Cambridge


Professor Sir Shankar Balasubramanian and Professor David Klenerman invented a method of next-generation DNA sequencing which is commonly known today as “sequencing by synthesis” and is currently regarded as the most widely used platform to replace the conventional Sanger sequencing technique.

The Award and Lecture will be presented Monday, March 28th.


Genomics Track

The Genomics track of ABRF 2017 provides information on the latest applications of next gen sequencing and molecular biological technologies as applied to questions of genome structure, dynamics, regulation, and more. These are not just esoteric presentations of technology but often emphasize procedures and advice for integrating these latest applications into a core setting. Meeting participants can expect to hear discussions of single cell sequencing, CRISPR applications, clinical sequencing, data analysis and other topics. In addition, vendor presentations ensure participants are kept up to date on technology improvements and new resources imminently available. This information is critical to allow core personnel to be pro-active with regards to new technologies for their institutions.

Imaging Track

Three days of world renowned speakers and hot topics in light microscopy in sunny San Diego. This year’s theme: A forum for advancing today’s core technologies to enable tomorrow’s innovations. Take advantage of the collegial environment to network and share ideas about instrumentation, reagents, methods and the challenges of running a shared resource. Bring your sunglasses and come see the bright future of imaging.

Topics include: Cellular imaging: Live-cell imaging; Super-resolution on commercial systems; Recent advances in live-cell and 3D super-resolution imaging. Administration: Branding and marketing, S10 and other grant opportunities & Training. Deep imaging: General clearing talk, MP + clearing, Light sheet & 3D reconstruction.

Proteomics Track

The ABRF 2017 Proteomics track features groundbreaking research and methods as well as practical information and discussion for core lab implementation. Going beyond the hype to daily realities, topics will cover chemical proteomics, practical quantitative proteomics, realistic reproducibility, and bioinformatics.  Mass spectrometry crossover topics include metabolomics and antibody reproducibility.  ABRF Research Groups -- MRG (Metabolomics), PRG (Proteomics), sPRG (Proteomics Standards), iPRG (Proteome Informatics), PSRG (Protein Sequencing), and WIN (Workflow Interest Network) -- will present study results and invite participation in new studies.  

Core Administration Track

One of the many unique aspects of the ABRF annual meeting is its focus on administrative issues from the scientist’s perspective. The ABRF 2017 Administration Track offers many must-attend sessions, including workshops highlighting how to measure return on investment; implementing standards for rigor & reproducibility; and developing core-commercial partnerships. There will also be an innovative topic session focused on a core-graduate school collaboration, a walk-up "Admin is In" Booth will be available in the Exhibit hall, and there is the return of the (amazingly) popular NIH/Federal policy update session.

Plenary Speakers


Hari Shroff, PhD

Dr. Shroff is a tenure track Investigator at the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, National Institutes of Health

"NIBIB's Section on High Resolution Optical Imaging"


Prof. Dr. Bernhard Küster

Professor Küster is the Chair of Proteomics and Bioanalytics at the Technische Universität München School of Life Sciences

“Chemical Proteomics reveals the Target Space of Hundreds of Clinical Kinase Inhibitors”


Barbara Wold, Phd

Dr. Wold is the Bren Professor of Molecular Biology and Director of the Beckman Institute at the California Institute of Technology

Redefining Cell Identity, Cell State, and Tissue Composition: Technical and Conceptual Opportunities  

Poster Presentations

Please consider submitting an abstract for a poster presentation at the 2017 ABRF Annual Meeting. This is a great opportunity to show off the contribution of your core to a research project, or share a hot technical tip, or present your institution’s approach to addressing a common core resource challenge. Several sponsored prizes will be available across all disciplines. The abstracts will be published in the Journal of Biomolecular Techniques and listed in PubMed. Posters are on display throughout the meeting, and will be featured during an evening poster reception with food and drink. This poster session is an outstanding instant networking opportunity. But wait, there’s more! As if all these benefits are not enough, you will also be given a bonus drink ticket for hosting your poster. Lively discussions practically guaranteed!

Abstract Instructions
Abstract submission deadline has been extended to – February 8, 2017.

Platinum Sponsors of the ABRF