The 6th U.S.-Canada Winter School on Biomolecular Solid-State NMR

January 5th-10th 2020 at Stowe, Vermont, USA


700 Trapp Hill Rd 
Stowe, VT 05672
Telephone: (800) 826-7000
Tatyana Polenova (U. Delaware)
Christopher Jaroniec (Ohio State U.)
Mei Hong (MIT)
Bob Griffin (MIT)


We congratulate Miranda Li of UCSB who is the 2020 first place winner of the Excellence in NMR Studies Prize at the Biomolecular Solid-State NMR Winter School, and Madeleine Sutherland of MIT who was the second place winner.


We invite you to encourage your students, postdocs, and senior associates to attend the 6th Winter School on Biomolecular Solid-State NMR, which will be held on January 5-10, 2020, in Stowe, Vermont. Similar to the previous five highly successful Winter Schools, this pedagogical meeting is aimed at students and postdocs in solid-state NMR as well as more senior scientists in related fields who are interested in entering this vibrant field. Our goals are to provide a focused week of teaching of the core concepts and practices in the increasingly multifaceted and complex field of biological solid-state NMR spectroscopy, and to encourage information sharing among different laboratories. Topics to be covered in the 6thWinter School include:

  • Basics of solid-state NMR: orientation-dependent NMR frequencies, MAS, tensors and rotations, density operator and its time evolution, decoupling and recoupling techniques, and average Hamiltonian theory
  • Multidimensional correlation spectroscopy, non-uniform sampling, techniques for resonance assignment and measurement of structural restraints in biomolecules
  • Paramagnetic solid-state NMR techniques
  • Techniques for enhancing sensitivity of solid-state NMR: dynamic nuclear polarization and 1H detection
  • Solid-state NMR techniques for measuring molecular motion
  • Solid-state NMR techniques for structural studies of oriented membrane proteins
  • Solid-state NMR spectra simulations in SPINEVOLUTION
  • Beyond spin 1/2: NMR of quadrupolar nuclei
  • Basics of NMR probe design

In addition to lectures, problem sets and discussion sessions will be given at the meeting.


Speakers: The following have agreed to serve as lecturers:

Tim Cross (Florida State)

Philip Grandinetti (Ohio State)

Bob Griffin (MIT)

Mei Hong (MIT)

Christopher Jaroniec (Ohio State)

Francesca Marassi (Burnham)

Ann McDermott (Columbia)

Guido Pintacuda (ENS Lyon)

Tatyana Polenova (Delaware)

Bernd Reif (Tech Univ Munich)

Melanie Rosay (Bruker)

Robert Tycko (NIH)


Venue and transportation: The meeting will be held at the beautiful and historical Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont. Stowe is accessible from airports in Burlington, VT, Manchester, NH, and Boston, MA. A block of rooms has been reserved at the lodge. We anticipate space for ~70 attendees.

Cost: Room and board will be free for attendees. The registration fee is $750 for academic attendees and $1500 for industrial attendees.

Application: Interested students and postdocs should send the following application materials as a single PDF file to: The application materials include: (1) a CV, (2) publication list, and (3) a 1-page description of your current research and your statement of interest in attending the Winter School. Please indicate your gender in the CV for the purpose of hotel room assignment. Please name this application file as: AdvisorLastName_YourLastName_WS2020app.pdf. For example “McDermott_Smith_WS2020app.pdf”.

Application deadline: Friday, November 8, 2019. Given the limited number of available spaces, it may not be possible to accommodate applications received after this date.