[Expired] 2016 Metals in Biology Gordon Research Conference

How to Solve Biologically-Inspired, Metal-Related Problems. January 24-29, 2016, Four Points Sheraton / Holiday Inn Express; Ventura, CA. Organizers: Chair: Joanne Stubbe Vice Chairs:  R. David Britt & Yi Lu.

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by December 27, 2015. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

Meeting Description

While your Vitamin bottle label predominantly highlights the importance of the precursors to the organic cofactors that greatly expand the repertoire of reactions accessible to enzymes, the “minerals” usually reside at the bottom of the label. Metals however are equally essential and provide a playground for the investigation of unprecedented enzymatic reactions that range from light mediated oxidation of water to O2 and H+ to H2 of current interest in the green energy movement, to the reduction of N2 to NH3 central to the global N cycle. Such enzymes are the inspiration for chemists to invent new small molecules that can mediate multielectron processes. Metals with protein scaffolds have evolved creative ways of functionalizing unactivated C-H bonds without the need for blocking groups. They also orchestrate using self-assembly, often with the aid of proteins, shell formation of the sea creatures, generation of compasses within magnetobacteria or removal of radioactivity from the environment. These amazing biomaterials are an inspiration for designing new materials with unprecedented properties. In addition, the ability to evolve new catalytic activities from “old” metallo-enzymes or to design protein scaffolds to bind organo-metallic cofactors that can function in an aqueous environment suggest an exciting future. The large number of unusual metallo-cofactors, still being discovered, provide inspiration for chemists to generate small molecule catalysts to efficiently produce important commodity chemicals, new ways to use biomass, etc. Cisplatin remains the most effective cancer therapeutic and provides inspiration for new ways to incorporate metals into useful therapeutics. The field of metals in biology is very broad and very exciting and attracts chemists, biochemists, biologists, material scientists, and physicists to solve the current and future problems society faces.

Please join us at the 2016 GRC in Metals in biology to find new multidisciplinary ways to solve your biologically inspired, metal-related problems.

Related Meeting

This GRC will be held in conjunction with the “Bioinorganic Chemistry” Gordon Research Seminar (GRS). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRS in addition to an application for the GRC. Refer to the associated GRS program page for more information.