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2012 Mini-Symposium on Metals in Biological Systems

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

Friday, December 7, 2012

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1:00 p.m.
Power Center Ballroom
Section C

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
Section C
Seminar Speakers

1:15-1:55 p.m.—Professor Jeremy Berg, Ph.D.
Health Policy Institute, School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh
Zinc-Binding Domains: Discovery and Design

2:00-2:40 p.m.—Professor Mike W. W. Adams, Ph.D.
Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, University of Georgia, Athens
Defining the Metalloproteomes of Microorganisms by Letting Metals Take the Lead

2:45-3:25 p.m.—Professor Barry Rosen, Ph.D.
Department of Cellular Biology and Pharmacology, Florida International University
The Arsenic Biogeocycle: The Enzymology of Arsenic Biotransformations

3:30-3:50 p.m.—Mr. Ming Ji
Department of Chemistry, University of Pittsburgh
Insight On Cu2+ Inhibition of Endonuclease Catalysis by ESR Spectroscopy and
MD Simulations

3:55-4:15 p.m.—Ms. Jing Kong
Department of Chemistry, Carnegie Mellon University
A Molecular Switch Based on Peptide Nucleic Acid

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.

Prior Symposia

View information from the 2011 Mini-Symposium on Metals in Biological Systems.