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11th Annual Metals in Biology Mini-Symposium

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


Friday, September 25, 2015
Power Center, Duquesne University

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1:00 p.m.

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


1:15 - 1:55 p.m.

Dr. Rebecca Abergel
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
"f-Element coordination, recognition and sensitization in biological systems"

2:00 - 2:40 p.m.

Dr. Jonathan Olson
Department of Microbiology, North Carolina State University
"The biology of metal in Campylobacter jejuni: fundamental contributions in life and death"

2:45 - 3:05 p.m.

Dr. Adam Straub
Vascular Medicine Institute, Department of Pharmacology and Chemical Biology, University of Pittsburgh
"Mechanisms of heme iron redox regulation in vascular cells"

3:10 - 3:30 p.m.

Ms. Ashlyn Koval
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Duquesne University
"Density Functional Characterization of the Iron-Sulfur Cluster in Human MitoNEET"

3:35 - 4:15 p.m.

Mr. Matthew Mills
Institute for Green Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University
"Removal of ecotoxicity of 17α-ethinylestradiol using TAML/peroxide treatment "

4:30 - 6:00 p.m.

Poster Session
Frontiers in Chemical and Biological Sciences

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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:

2014 Mini-Symposium

2013 Mini-Symposium

2012 Mini-Symposium

2011 Mini-Symposium