The 7th U.S.-Canada Winter School on Biomolecular Solid-State NMR

January 7th-12th 2024 at Stowe, Vermont, USA


700 Trapp Hill Rd 
Stowe, VT 05672
Telephone: (800) 826-7000
Ann McDermott (Columbia U.)
Francesca Marassi (Medical College of Wisconsin)
Robert Griffin (MIT)

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:

Philip Grandinetti (Ohio State)

Robert Griffin (MIT)

Mei Hong (MIT)

Christopher Jaroniec (Ohio State)

Joanna Long (University of Florida)

Francesca Marassi (Medical College of Wisconsin)

Ann McDermott (Columbia)

Len Mueller (UC Riverside)

Guido Pintacuda (ENS Lyon)

Tatyana Polenova (Delaware)

Bernd Reif (Tech Univ Munich)

Chad Rienstra (U of Wisconsin)

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: Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows are responsible for making their own room reservations at the Trapp Family Lodge at rates of $225 for two students in a double room.  After December 8 we will assign rooms and roomates.  The block or rooms will be held until December 8 and after that time the cost will double, so please be sure to make your reservation ASAP. In addition, we are soliticiting funding to support breakfast and dinner, but anticipate that there will be additional fees that will be charged to cover these cost.  

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”.