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The 9th Annual Mini-Symposium on Metals in Biological Systems

Presented by The Bayer School of Natural and Environmental SciencesCenter for Metals in Biological Systems

Maurice Falk Lecture Hall (Mellon Hall)

Dr. Adam Straub - University of Pittsburgh, Session Chair

Friday, December 6, 2013


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1:00-1:10 p.m.

Dr. Philip Reeder
Dean, Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, Duquesne University
Welcome Address

1:15-4:15 p.m.

1:15-1:55 p.m.—Dr. Catherine Drennan
HHMI Professor and Investigator,
Professor of Chemistry and Biology
Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
"The Anatomy of a Radical Enzyme"

2:00-2:40 p.m.—Dr. Patricia Opresko
Department of Environmental and Occupational Health,
University of Pittsburgh
"Cellular Defense Against Hexavalent Chromium Induced Genomic Alterations"

2:45-3:25 p.m.—Dr. George Cody
Geophysical Laboratory
Carnegie Institution of Washington
"Transition Metals: Geomimetic Biochemistry"

3:30-3:50 p.m.—Mr. Bob Reiter
Department of Biological Sciences
Duquesne University
"Arsenic respiration by subsurface bacteria from the former Vineland Chemical Company site"

3:55-4:15 p.m.—Ms. Katlyn Meier
Department of Chemistry
Carnegie Mellon University
"Studies of an Fe(II) dioxygenase and its intermediates using Mossbauer Spectroscopy and DFT"

4:30-6:00 p.m.

Poster Session follows Platform Presentations

Mellon Hall Lobby (Richard King Mellon Hall building)
Poster Session, Judging of Posters
Refreshments will be served

For More Information

For more information, call 412.396.6340 or 412.396.6332.

About the Mini-Symposium on Metals in Biological Systems

Environmental effects of metal ions are of concern, especially in western Pennsylvania, and many researchers are actively addressing this aspect here in Pittsburgh.

The Mini-Symposium on Metals in Biological Systems provides a forum for researchers and educators with expertise that spans from synthetic chemists to environmental toxicologists to biomedical scientists, who are at the interface of chemistry and biology to meet and discuss topics of common interests.

This venue fosters new collaborations and friendships between scientists with a complementary skills and goals. It engages next generations of scientists into the current and emerging problems. One of our goals is to provide a platform for diverse audience to share exciting new findings. In addition to the plenary lecture sessions, extensive poster sessions for undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral students are held to facilitate discussions in an open atmosphere. Exemplary posters presented by undergraduate students are recognized through awards.

About the Center for Metals in Biological Systems

Metal ions play important roles in the functioning of all forms of life, from unicellular organisms to multicellular animals. Metal compounds are often used as therapeutics in treating diseases, diagnostic purposes to detect abnormalities in tissues, or to provide structural supports, e.g., stents. The roles of metal ions in life processes are uniquely balanced; they are often located at the heart of a variety of molecular machines, to conserve energy, to cope with toxic materials, or to provide signaling to initiate or terminate important reactions.

Prior Symposia

View information from previous symposia:

2012 Mini-Symposium

2011 Mini-Symposium