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2018 international Symposium on Chemical Biology

10 January 2018 09:00 - 12 January 2018 18:30, Geneva, Switzerland

The meeting will comprise 3 keynote addresses and plenary lectures from outstanding invited speakers in Chemical Biology, covering topics such as protein and DNA origami, proteins engineering, biophysical aspects of cell trafficking, membrane biophysics etc. There will also be four sessions of poster presentations. Three hundred participants from Swiss universities, various research institutes in Switzerland and neighbouring countries are expected to attend.

List of speakers
  • Jason Chin, Prof. of Chemistry & Chemical Biology at the University of Cambridge - Programme Leader at the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology (MRC-LMB) - Head of the Centre for Chemical & Synthetic Biology (CCSB) - Cambridge, UK
  • Pietro de Camilli, MD - Prof. of Neuroscience and Professor of Cell Biology,  Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute - Chair, Department of Neuroscience - Director, Kavli Institute for Neuroscience and Program in Cellular Neuroscience, Neurodegeneration and Repair (CNNR), Yale University, USA
  • Aranzazu del Campo, Prof in Materials Chemistry,  Head of the Program Division "Dynamic Biomaterials",  INM – Leibniz-Institut for new materials – Saarbrücken, Germany
  • Hendrik Dietz, Professor for Biophysics, Physics Department, Technische Universität München, Germany
  • Dennis Dougherty, Prof. of Chemistry, Caltech, USA
  • Nikta Fakhri, Assistant Professor of Physics, MIT, USA
  • Shiroh Futaki, Prof. of Chemistry, Division of Biochemistry, Biofunctional Design-Chemistry, Kyoto University, Japan
  • Barbara Imperiali, Prof. of Chemistry & Prof. of Biology, MIT, Cambridge MA, USA
  • Tarun Kapoor,  Prof. in Chemical Biology, The Rockefeller University, USA
  • Evan Miller, Ass. Prof. of Chemistry and Molecular and Cell Biology, Berkeley University, USA
  • Atul N. Parikh, Prof. in Biomedical engineering, UC Davies, USA
  • Paul Wender, Prof. of Chemistry, Stanford University, USA

Satellite meeting
A joint NCCR Chemical Biology/ LS2 satellite meeting is organised prior to the event for students and postdocs. The meeting will  include selected short talks given by the young researchers in the presence of two of the plenary speakers. The meeting will be concluded with a Q&A session on Academic Careers, chaired by three chairmen (Prof. Hiroaki Suga, Prof. Evan Miller and Prof. Yamuna Krishnan) and early arriving plenary speakers. Master and PhD students are invited to apply for an oral presentation at this event on the Symposium website. Registration to the main Symposium event is compulsory for attending the Satellite event.

Travel grants
Junior scientists (PhD students, Postdocs)  may apply  for a Symposia Fee Waiver/ Travel Grant (up to CHF 300 .- cap) when submitting their abstract. The scientific organizers will select the recipients of this fellowship during the abstract review process and winners will be notified by e-mail.
Campus Biotech

Auditorium, Campus Biotech, 9 Chemin des Mines, Geneva, 1211, Switzerland

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Organizer: the NCCR Chemical Biology

The NCCR Chemical Biology mission is to develop new chemistry tools and approaches for the spatio-temporal visualisation, quantification and manipulation of biochemical activities in living cells serving to resolve important and pertinent challenges in life sciences such as visualising the activity of selected proteins during cell division or investigating how membranes control the activity of proteins in them. This area of expertise also includes the approach of synthetic biology/metabolic engineering, where biological processes are used to produce relevant products, such as fuels, aroma compounds or medicines.

As a national research centre of excellence, the NCCR Chemical Biology gathers world-renowned researchers and relies on the collaborative and interdisciplinary effort from highly skilled chemists, biochemists, physicists and cell biologists which constitute the backbone of an extensive and dynamic network of participating institutions and key collaborations. The excellence of its research at a worldwide level offers a highly stimulating environment which encourages research, creativity, innovation and even entrepreneurship. Furthermore, the entire Swiss academic community benefits from the platform for chemical screening ACCESS supported by the NCCR Chemical Biology that aims to sustain the development of a new generation of molecules with biological effects.

To build future talent and high-level interdisciplinary researchers in both chemistry and biology, the NCCR Chemical Biology incorporates in its activities a wide range of courses and training opportunities at Postdoctoral or PhD level as well as with a Master’s degree program in Chemical Biology. It further fulfills its mission by communicating science to broad audiences through the learning facility platform, Chimiscope or by federating other public events.

The NCCR Chemical Biology is localised at the University of Geneva (UNIGE) (leading house – Director: Prof. Howard Riezman) and the Ecole Polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) (co-leading house : Co-director: Prof. Christian Heinis).

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