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10th Annual Symposium on Metals in Biological Systems

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

Friday, December 5, 2014

Africa Room - Duquesne Union, 3rd Floor

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Morning Session

8:45 a.m.

Dr. Philip Reeder
Dean, Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, Duquesne University
Opening remarks


Professor Partha Basu
Duquesne University

9:00-9:40 a.m.

Professor Angela Gronenborn
University of Pittsburgh
"The structural basis of the catalytic and nucleic acid binding activities for two human APOBEC3s"

9:40-10:00 a.m.

Mr. John Thomas
Duquesne University
"Probing the Interactions between Molybdoproteins and Their Partners"

10:00-10:40 a.m.

Professor Lily Young
Rutgers University
"Microbes are the Best Chemists in the World, Making a Living from Metals?"

10:40-11:00 a.m.


Special Session
Beyond Graduate School: Career options, opportunities and choices


Professor Doros Petasis
Allegheny College

11:00-11:30 a.m.

Dr. Lawrence Blume
RTI International
"Life after College: The Who, What, How and Where of Life Science Careers"


Dr. Rajesh Naik
Air Force Research Laboratory
"Biosciences at the Air Force Research Laboratory"

12:00-12:30 p.m.

Dr. Nicole Soucy
The 3M Company
"Carving out a career on an uncharted path: How to succeed when you don't control the map"

12:30-1:30 p.m.


Afternoon Session


Professor Catalina Achim
Carnegie Mellon University

1:30-2:10 p.m.

Professor Stephen J. Lippard
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"Mobile Zinc Signaling in Biology"

2:10-2:30 p.m.

Ms. Lauren Marbella
University of Pittsburgh
"Gold-cobalt nanoparticle alloys with tunable compositions, near infrared emission, and high T2 relaxivity"

2:30-3:10 p.m.

Professor Michael P. Hendrich
Carnegie Mellon University
"Using Spectroscopy and Enzymes to Advance Catalysis"

3:10-3:30 p.m.


3:30-5:30 p.m.

Poster Session: ‘Frontiers in Chemical and Biological Sciences'
Mellon Hall Lobby (Richard King Mellon Hall building)
Refreshments will be served


All abstracts must be e-mailed to science@duq.edu in a Microsoft Word attachment.

Abstracts must conform to the following format:

Font: Arial 10 point
Length: Maximum of 150 words (not including titles and names)

Title of Written Abstract (in bold)
Authors (Last name, First name)
Academic Department
Text of Abstract (150 words)

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For More Information

For more information, call 412.396.6340 or 412.396.6332.

About the Mini-Symposium on Metals in Biological Systems

The 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 complementary skills and goals. It engages the next generations of scientists in current and emerging problems. One of our goals is to provide a platform for a diverse audience to share exciting new findings. In addition to the plenary lecture sessions, an extensive poster session for undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral students facilitates 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:

2013 Mini-Symposium

2012 Mini-Symposium

2011 Mini-Symposium