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7th Annual Mini-Symposium on Metals in Biological Systems

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

December 2, 2011

1:00 p.m.
Power Center Ballroom (Power Center building)
Welcome Address

Dr. David W. Seybert
Dean, Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, Duquesne University


1:15—4:15 p.m.
Power Center Ballroom
Seminar Speakers

1:15-1:55 p.m.—Dr. Eckard Münck, Department of Chemistry Carnegie Mellon University
Mössbauer and EPR spectroscopy combined with DFT uncovers two remarkable high-valent iron complexes

2:00-2:40 p.m.—Dr. Thomas J. Meade, Department of Chemistry Northwestern University
Modulating transcription in development and cancer: Targeted Cobalt-DNA conjugates for the inhibition of zinc-finger transcription factors

2:45-3:25 p.m.—Dr. Yuri Gorby, Marine Environmental Biology, College of Letters Arts and Sciences University of Southern California
Bacterial Nanowires and Their Role in Metal Transformations in Diverse Biogeochemical Systems

3:30-3:50 p.m.—Dr. Jun Wang, Vascular Medicine Institute Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine Department of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Sulfite Oxidase: A Novel Mammalian Nitrite Reductase that Contains Mo and Heme Centers

3:55-4:15 p.m.—Kristen Kruszewski, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Duquesne University
Inhibiting Staphylococcus aureus biofilm growth on stainless steel 316L (SS316L) through use of self-assembled monolayer films

4:30—6:00 p.m.
Mellon Hall Lobby (Richard King Mellon Hall building)
Poster Presentations

Poster Session, Judging of Posters; Refreshments will be served


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.