Programme

14:30 – 15:15 Registration
15:15 – 15:30 Welcome and introduction
Prof. Howard Riezman, Biochemistry Department, University of Geneva, Switzerland & NCCR Chemical Biology director
SESSION: “Something sweet to start with”
Chair: Prof. Sascha Hoogendoorn, Department of Organic Chemistry, UNIGE, Switzerland
15:30 – 16:30 Prof. Geert-Jan Boons, Utrecht University, Netherlands
“Complex glycans in health and disease”
16:30 – 17:30 KEYNOTE LECTURE
Prof. Laura Kiessling, MIT Department of Chemistry, USA
“Glycans at the Human-Microbe Interface”
17:30 – 19:00 Poster session (group A) | Apéro

 

 

SESSION: “Turning over a new leaf in chemical biology”
Chair: Prof. Beat Fierz, LCBM, EPFL, Switzerland
8:30 – 9:30 Prof. Keiko U. Torii, College of Natural Sciences, University of Texas at Austin, US / Howard Hughes Medical Institute, US / Institute of Transformative Biomolecules, Nagoya University, Japan
“Harnessing synthetic chemistry to understand and manipulate plant development”
9:30 – 10:30 Speaker to be announced
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break & networking with the speakers
SESSION: “Above and beyond standard nucleic acids”
Chair: Prof. Beat Fierz, LCBM, EPFL, Switzerland
11:00 – 12:00 Prof. Floyd E. Romesberg, Synthorx, Inc., US
“A Semi-synthetic organism that stores and retrieves increased genetic information”
12:00 – 13:00 Prof. Thomas Carell, Ludwig-Maximillians-University, Department of Chemistry, Munich, Germany
“The 2nd Code in DNA”
13:00 – 14:30 Lunch + Poster session (group A)
SESSION: “Catching them red handed”
Chair: Prof. Yimon Aye, LEAGO, EPFL, Switzerland
14:30 – 15:30 Prof. Alice Y. Ting, Stanford University, USA
“Chemogenetic and optogenetic technologies for probing molecular and cellular interactions”
15:30 – 16:30 Prof. Jin Zhang, University of California San Diego, Department of Pharmacology, USA
“Illuminating the Biochemical Activity Architecture of the Cell”
16:30 – 17:00 Coffee break & networking with the speakers
“Emerging Investigators session”
Chair: Prof. Bruno Correia, LPDI, EPFL, Switzerland
17:00 – 17:20 Dr. Kathrin Lang, TUM Department of Chemistry, DE
“Expanding the genetic code – protein chemistry in living systems”
17:20 – 17:40 Dr. Fan Liu, FMP Liebniz, Berlin, DE
“Developing structural interactomics and its application in cell biology”
17:40 – 19:30 Poster session (group B) & apéro
SESSION: “(W)ringing out new antibiotics” 
Chair: Prof. Yimon Aye, LEAGO, EPFL, Switzerland
8:30 – 9:30 Prof. Wilfred van der Donk, University of Illinois, Urbana, USA
“Natural product biosynthesis by posttranslational modification”
9:30 – 10:30 Prof. Chris Schofield, University of Oxford, Department of Chemistry, UK
“From Penicillins to epigenetics – Adventures at the interface of chemistry and biology”
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break & networking with the speakers
SESSION: “Shaking the firmaments of biology”
Chair: Prof. Bruno Correia, LPDI, EPFL, Switzerland
11:00 – 12:00 Prof. Dorothee Kern, Brandeis University, Department of Biochemistry, Waltham, Massasuchetts, USA
“Evolution of catalysis and regulation over 3.5 billion years- Exploitation for novel cancer drugs”
12:00 – 13:00 Dr Raphaël Rodriguez, Institut Curie, Paris, France
“CD44 regulates epigenetic plasticity by mediating iron endocytosis”
13:00 – 14:30 Lunch + Poster session (group B)
SESSION:“Dénouement”
Chair: Prof. Sascha Hoogendoorn, Department of Organic Chemistry, UNIGE, Switzerland
14:30 – 15:30 THE EMBO KEYNOTE LECTURE
Prof. Giulio Superti-Furga
, CeMM – Research Center for Molecular Medicine of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austria
“The human transportome: drug targets and drug disposers integrated by metabolism”
15:30 – 15:45 Poster awards announcement
Concluding remarks
Prof. Christian Heinis, LPPT, EPFL & NCCR co-director

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