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ivMX 2018 - In vivo macromolecular crystallography : Advances and Perspectives

January 16th to 17th, 2018 Synchrotron SOLEIL

The workshop on "In vivo Macromolecular Crystallography: Advances and Perspectives" (ivMX) aims to gather the experts and the wider scientific community around the subject of intracellular protein crystallisation. Well-encountered phenomenon for decades, in cellulo crystal appearance grew in interest since its application to the structure determination of macromolecules directly from their natural environment. Recent experimental approaches in favour of a better handling of these complex systems greatly participated in the possibilities in studying the samples with less mechanical stress and sample loss. In this context, new developments in x-ray sources and microfluidics have been the key to the proper opening of these approaches to the wilder scientific community. The crystal growth of macromolecular objects directly from within their natural environment allows to directly link function to structure; with great medical, pharmaceutical and thus societal ramifications.


During this workshop, we will introduce new approaches for in vivo crystal preparation on various types of samples, the methods dedicated for their handling, and all the state-of-the-art strategies for sample characterisation and data collection at various synchrotron-based instruments. Experimental results will be brought forward in lights of new generation x-ray sources, fully related to the scientific needs for structural biology at SOLEIL. New instrumentation and microfluidic developments will be discussed, together with data collection strategies linked to it.


The ivMX 2018 workshop is organised by the Synchrotron SOLEIL, where it will be held as a satellite of the Users' Meeting 2018.

Scientific Committee

  • Léonard CHAVAS ;
  • Pierre MONTAVILLE.


Local Organizing Committee

  • Clémentine ESNARD ;
  • Frédérique FRAISSARD ;
  • Jean-Marc LUCACCHIONI ;
  • France POCHARD.

Invited Talks

  • Jacques-Philippe COLLETIER, IBS, France
  • Fasseli COULIBALY, Monash University, Australia
  • Subramanian RAMASWAMY, INSTEM, India
  • Lars REDECKE, Lübeck University, Germany
  • Savvas SAVVIDES, Ghent University, Belgium
  • Hidekazu TSUTSUI, JAIST, Japan



Tuesday 16th January 2018

11:30 - 14:00 Registration
13:00 - 14:00 Welcome coffee
14:00 - 14:40

Setting up an In-vivo crystallography platform at SOLEIL
Pierre Montaville - Synchrotron SOLEIL, France

14:40 - 15:20 Invited Talk
Mammalian crystalline proteins in vivo see the light
Savvas Savvides - Ghent University, Belgium
15:20 - 15:40

Short talk
Lipid membrane architectures promoting ordering and crystallization of proteins
Angeliva Angelova - Institut Galien Paris-Sud, France

15:40 - 16:00 Short talk
Pulse-chase experiments to study in vivo crystal formation in a Coccolithophore
Benedikt Lassalle - Synchrotron SOLEIL, France
16:00 - 16:40 Coffee break and group photo
16:40 - 17:20 Invited Talk
Structure of a heterogeneous, glycosylated, lipid-bound, in vivo grown protein crystal at atomic resolution
Subramanian Ramaswamy - INSTEM, India
17:20 - 18:00 Invited Talk
In vivo-grown protein microcrystals: the arms and armour of insect viruses
Fasseli Coulibaly - Monash University, Australia
19:00 - 21:00 Aperitif and dinner at SOLEIL canteen
Wednesday 17th January 2018
08:30 - 09:00 Coffee Break
09:00 - 09:40 Invited Talk
Artificial photo-convertible fluorescence proteins: engineering, mechanism, and in vivo crystallization
Hidekazu Tsutsui - JAIST, Japan
09:40 - 10:20 Invited Talk
A potent binary mosquito larvicide revealed by de novo phasing with an X-ray free-electron laser
Jacques-Philippe Colletier - IBS, France
10:20 - 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 - 11:40 Invited Talk
Protein Crystallography in Living Insect Cells
Lars Redecke - Lüdbeck University, Germany
11:40 - 12:10 Invited Talk
Second-order Nonlinear Imaging: Application in Detection and Characterisation of Protein Crystals
Frederic Jamme - Synchrotron SOLEIL, France
12:10 - 12:40 Invited Talk
Microfluidic Positioning of biological macromolecular crystals for serial X-ray Diffraction on the Proxima-1 Beamline
Igor Chaussavoine - Synchrotron SOLEIL, France
12:45 - 14:00 Lunch at SOLEIL
14:00 - 15:00 Round Table
15:00 - 16:30 Visit of Synchrotron SOLEIL


Registration online

Registration is closed.
The registration fee is 80,00€ (V.A.T included).
It includes: attendance at the users meeting, buffets, lunches and coffee break.

Researcher, institutionnel, post-doc 80,00€
Student, Invited speaker, Organisation Committee member, SOLEIL staff Free


Terms of payment

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Would you please write it out to “Synchrotron SOLEIL” and write at the verso the following reference:
Satellite workshop ivMX 2018 / 69170605. 
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Oral presentation

Deadline for abstract submission: November 27th, 2017

If you wish to contribute, you can submit your abstract:

You will be informed about the selection results from the Programme Committee.

Invited Talks

Deadline for abstract submission: January 8th, 2018

Invited speakers are requested to submit their abstract:


Deadline for abstract submission: January 8th,2018

A posters session will be held on January 17th 2018.

Posters panels will be located in the Hall of SOLEILCentral Building.
Panels’ size: 180cm x 130cm
If you wish to contribute, you can submit your abstract:


In both cases, you are requested to use ONLY the template below (Word or .Rtf file - Any abstract not in compliance with the template will be sent back to the author):


The size of the files is limited to 4 Mo.


Access to SOLEIL

If you come by car:

Geographical address: 
Synchrotron SOLEIL
L’Orme des Merisiers 
Rond point du Golf de Saint Aubin
91190 Saint Aubin

Location coordinates:
Latitude : 48.711922
Longitude : 2.146156
Intersection between RD306 and D128


If you come by Public Transports:

From PARIS and CHARLES-DE-GAULLE Airport, RER B direction to SAINT-RÉMY-LÈS-CHEVREUSE and stop at:

  • "MASSY-PALAISEAU" station - BUS n°91-06 B ou C direction to SAINT-QUENTIN GARE, stop at “L’ORME DES MERISIERS”;
  • "LE GUICHET" station - walk to the bus station, take bus n°9, direction to SACLAY, stop at "L’ORME DES MERISIERS";
  • "GIF SUR YVETTE" station, take bus n° 10, stop at "SAINT AUBIN";


From ORLY Airport - ORLYVAL train, stop at ANTONY, take the RER B (then same as above) or BUS n°91-10 direction "Christ / N306, Saclay", stop at "L'ORME DES MERISIERS" (around 1h - end of service at 9 p.m).

List of other hotels (non exhaustive)

Maison d'Hébergement de SOLEIL
L'Orme des Merisiers - 91190 GIF / YVETTE
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Hôtel Les Chevaliers des Balances - près de SOLEIL
Place de la Mairie - 91190 SAINT-AUBIN
Tél.: +33 (0)1 69 41 20 55 - Fax: +33 (0)1 69 85 50 75
E-mail: - Web:

Hôtel Le Village**
4 rue Neuve - 91190 GIF-SUR-YVETTE
Tél.: +33 (0)1 69 28 82 51 - Fax: +33 (0)1 69 28 53 93
E-mail: - Web:

Hôtel d'Orsay - près du RER B
2 rue François Leroux - 91400 ORSAY
Tél.: +33 (0)1 64 86 17 47 - Fax: +33 (0)1 64 86 17 48

Hôtel B&B
Plateau du Moulon - 91190 GIF-SUR-YVETTE
Tél.: +33 (0) 892 78 80 91 - Fax: +33 (0)1 69 35 34 59

Hôtel Résidhome Massy****- près de la gare TGV Massy et du RER B
7 rue Christophe Colomb - 91300 MASSY
Tél.: +33 (0)1 69 81 62 62 - Fax: +33 (0)1 69 81 62 63
E-mail: - Web:

Hôtel du Lion** - à Paris, près du RER B
1 avenue du Général Leclerc - 75014 PARIS
Tél.: +33 (0)1 40 47 04 00 - Fax: +33 (0)1 43 20 38 18
E-mail: - Web:

Hôtel de Senlisse** - à Paris, près du RER B
7-9 rue Malebranche - 75005 PARIS
Tél.: +33 (0)1 43 29 93 10 - Fax: +33 (0)1 43 29 00 24
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