19th Tetrahedron Symposium


The following speakers will present at the conference

Shankar Balasubramaniam

Cambridge University, UK

Presentation title: Chemical biology on the genome
Sir Shankar Balasubramanian is the Herchel Smith Professor of Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Cambridge and senior group leader at the Cambridge Institute.  He works on the chemistry, structure and function of nucleic acids.

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Ashraf Brik

Technion Haifa, Israel

Presentation title: Organic chemistry applied to synthetic proteins: The case of ubiquitination and deubiquitination
Ashraf Brik is a Professor of Chemistry at the Schulich Faculty of Chemistry in the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. Brik received his B.Sc. in Chemistry from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (1993-1996) and his M.Sc. degree in Organic Chemistry in 1998 from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. His Ph.D. was obtained in 2001 from the Technion in Bioorganic Chemistry.

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Peng Chen

Peking University, China

Presentation title: Bioorthogonal cleavage reactions in living systems
Peng Chen is the Cheung Kong Professor and Chairman at Department of Chemical Biology at Peking University. He obtained Ph.D degree with Prof. Chuan He at The University of Chicago in 2007 and performed postdoctoral research with Prof. Peter Schultz at The Scripps Research Institute before starting his own lab at Peking University in 2009.

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Ben Davis

Oxford University, UK

Presentation title: Sugars and proteins
Ben Davis got his B.A. (1993) and D.Phil. (1996) from the University of Oxford. During this time he learnt the beauty of carbohydrate chemistry under the supervision of Professor George Fleet. He then spent 2 years as a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Professor Bryan Jones at the University of Toronto, exploring protein chemistry and biocatalysis.

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Peter B. Dervan

Caltech, USA

Presentation title: Molecular recognition of DNA: From discovery to oncology
Peter B. Dervan is the Bren Professor of Chemistry at the California Institute of Technology.

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Matthew David Disney

The Scripps Research Institute, USA

Presentation title: Sequence based design of small molecules targeting Rna
Matt Disney is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry at The Scripps Research Institute.  For the past 12 years, his research efforts have been exclusively on developing approaches to drug RNA with small molecules.

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Jonathan Ellman

Yale University, USA

Presentation title: New strategies for inhibition of protein tyrosine phosphatases
Jonathan A. Ellman is the Eugene Higgins Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Pharmacology at Yale University.

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Rudi Fasan

University of Rochester, USA

Presentation title: Chemoenzymatic and chemobiosynthetic strategies for directing and expediting molecular discovery
Rudi Fasan is Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Rochester. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Padua (Italy) and received his PhD degree under the guidance of Prof. John A. Robinson at the University of Zurich in 2005. After a postdoctoral research experience with Prof. Frances H. Arnold at the California Institute of Technology as a Swiss National Foundation Postdoctoral fellow (2005-2008), he began his independent career at the University of Rochester (2008-current).

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Matthew Fuchter

Imperial College London, UK

Presentation title: Targeting transcription for therapy
Dr Matthew Fuchter is a Reader in Chemistry, co-Director of the MRes postgraduate course in Drug Discovery, and co-Director of a newly established Centre for Drug Discovery Science at Imperial College London. He is a member of multiple multidisciplinary centres of excellence at Imperial including the Institute of Chemical Biology, the Imperial College Network of Excellence in Malaria, and the Cancer Research UK Centre of Excellence.

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Seth Herzon

Yale University, USA

Presentation title: Synthetic approaches to the study of gut microbiome-associated colorectal cancer
Seth Herzon completed his undergraduate studies at Temple University, obtained a PhD from Harvard University in 2006 under the guidance of Andrew G. Myers, and was an NIH postdoctoral fellow with John F. Hartwig at the University of Illinois, Urbana–Champaign, from 2006–2008.  He began his independent career at Yale in 2008, and is currently the Milton Harris ’29 Ph.D. Professor of Chemistry.

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William L. Jorgensen

Yale University, USA

Presentation title: Computer-aided discovery of anti-infective and antiproliferative agents
Since 1990 Bill Jorgensen has been on the faculty at Yale, where he is a Sterling Professor. He has been a leader in computational work on force fields (OPLS), organic and enzymatic reactions in solution, molecular recognition, and protein-ligand binding. Bill’s research group is also actively engaged in de novo drug design and synthesis for anti-infective, anti-proliferative, and anti-inflammatory agents. Free-energy perturbation calculations are at the heart of the group’s abilities for efficient lead optimization.

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Maja Köhn

Freiburg University, Germany

Presentation title: Chemical biology of protein phosphatases

Maja Köhn studied chemistry at the University of Kiel. In 2005 she obtained her PhD from the Max-Planck-Institute and University Dortmund under the direction of H. Waldmann. She conducted her postdoctoral work with G. L. Verdine at Harvard University.

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Laura L Kiessling

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Presentation title: Peering into the Microbial World with Chemistry

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Paul A. Wender

Stanford University, USA

Presentation title: Therapeutic function through synthesis-informed design: Approaches to HIV/AIDS eradication, treating Alzheimer’s disease and cancer immunotherapy
Paul Wender (Yale University PhD/Ziegler; Columbia University NIH Postdoctoral Fellow/Stork) served on the faculty at Harvard University before assuming his current position at Stanford University as the Bergstrom Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Chemical and Systems Biology (by courtesy, Stanford Medical School).

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Xiaoguang Lei

Peking University, China

Presentation title: Natural product synthesis as a driving force to address the antibiotic resistance crisis
Prof. Xiaoguang Lei received BS degree in chemistry at Peking University in 2001, and PhD degree in organic synthesis with Prof. John. A. Porco at Boston University in 2006. He then conducted postdoctoral research with Prof. Samuel J. Danishefsky at Columbia University from 2006 to 2008. In early 2009, he returned to China, and started his independent career as a PI and Director of Chemistry Center at National Institute of Biological Sciences (NIBS) in Beijing.

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Peter Seeberger

Max-Planck-Institute Golm, Germany

Presentation title: Glycocconjugate vaccines against bacterial infections based on synthetic glycans
Peter H. Seeberger was Firmenich Associate Professor (tenured) at MIT and Professor at ETH Zurich before assuming positions as Director at the Max-Planck Institute for Colloids and Interfaces and Professor at Freie Universität Berlin. He is a member of the governing bodies of the Max-Planck Society and the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences.

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