GOSPEL Workshop on Odorant Binding Proteins

Manchester, UK
12-13 December 2007 (13:30-18:30 and 9:30-17:00)

Odorant Binding Proteins are used by organisms to store and release odorant molecules, but recent studies have shown they can also be used as biological sensors.

This two day workshop will bring together researchers from different backgrounds to discuss our current understanding of the Odorant Binding Proteins family, and how they can be used to sense small molecules.


Chancellors Hotel & Conference Centre
Chancellors Way
Moseley Road
M14 6NN

Details on the centre and directions can be found at http://www.conference.manchester.ac.uk/chancellorshotelconferencecentre/location/.

We have reserved a number of hotel rooms for the night of the 12th December at a price of £60 plus VAT (around €85 plus VAT). For details and bookings please contact gospel-ipc@ipc.uni-tuebingen.de


This two-day GOSPEL course will:

  • Introduce Odorant Binding Proteins and other Lipocalins
  • Demonstrate the use of Mouse Urinary Protein and other Odorant Binding Proteins as experimental sensors
  • Explore how Odorant Binding Proteins can be engineered to bind other ligands
  • Discuss how sensors can be built using Odorant Binding Proteins
  • Discuss potential use of sensors based on odorant Binding Proteins


The course will be particularly relevant to researchers and scientists working in areas including:

  • Biomimetics
  • Bioengineering
  • Biotechnology
  • Sensor systems
  • Biosensors


The event will be hosted by Dr Krishna Persaud from the University of Manchester and will feature the following speakers:

  • Paolo Pelosi, University of Pisa, Odorant binding proteins – an overview
  • Carla Mucignat University of Padova, Mouse Urinary Proteins
  • Dr Joerg Strotmann University of Hohenheim, Rat OBP Subtypes, molecular biology, functional implications of insect PBPs
  • Prof Arne Skerra Technical University, Munich, Structural & functional studies of natural and engineered lipocalins: ANTICALINs as a novel class of tailored ligand-binding proteins
  • Prof. Jean-Claude Pernollet DGRI A4, France, Engineering Odorant Binding Proteins for Biosensors
  • Paul Millner, University of Leeds, Lipocalin based biosensors
  • Krishna Persaud, University of Manchester, Experiences with quartz crystal microbalances and Odorant Binding Proteins
  • Paul Barker, Cambridge University, Engineered proteins and biosensors
  • Nicolae Barsan IPC Tuebingen, Experiences in making sensors work in real life
  • Rebecca Simpson, AO Action, ITN Research Training Networks 

More information

You can email gospel-ipc@ipc.uni.tuebingen.de with any queries about logistics or Dr. Krishna Persaud on krishna.persaud@manchester.ac.uk for enquiries about the programme and content.


Participation in the workshop is free. Please submit the registration form by Friday 30 November 2007.