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Bioorganic Chemistry
Gordon Research Conference

Bio-Graphic Chemistry: Stories of Molecules that Shape Human Biology


June 11-16, 2017


Proctor Academy
Andover, NH Site Information


Paramjit S. Arora & Frank W. Kotch

Vice Chairs:
Paul R. Thompson & Erik C. Hett

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by May 14, 2017. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

Meeting Description

The Bioorganic Chemistry Gordon Research Conference (GRC), established in 1992, brings together interdisciplinary scientists pursuing challenges at the interface of chemistry and biology. Attendees from industry, academia and other research institutions convene annually to discuss the latest molecular approaches and tools to understand, probe and modulate biological complexity. The 2017 edition will broadly focus on the structure-function relationships in biomolecular recognition with an emphasis on the role of weak forces and dynamics, with specific sessions on biopharmaceuticals, conformational disorder in recognition, and translation of chemical biology approaches to new drugs and materials. Conferees are encouraged to present posters. Poster presenters should submit an abstract with their applications on the GRC web site. A number of poster presenters will be invited to present short talks. As this meeting usually oversubscribes, submission of applications in early 2017 is strongly encouraged.

Related Meeting

This GRC will be held in conjunction with the "Bioorganic Chemistry" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRS in addition to an application for the GRC. Refer to the associated GRS program page for more information.


Preliminary Program

The topics and speakers for the conference sessions are displayed below (italics denote discussion leaders). The Conference Chair is currently developing their detailed program, which will include the complete meeting schedule, as well as the talk titles for all speakers. The detailed program will be available by February 11, 2017. Please check back for updates.

  • Frontiers in Bimolecular Recognition
    (Richard Cheng / James Wells / Ronald Breaker / Laura Kiessling)
  • Role of Intrinsic Disorder and Conformational Plasticity in Recognition
    (Michelle Farkas / Jane Clarke / Anna Mapp / Kevin Gardner / Dustin Maly)
  • Translational Chemical Biology
    (Derek Tan / Hiroaki Suga / Jerry Adams / Peter Schultz)
  • Challenges in Nucleic Acids Recognition and Therapeutics
    (Louise Charkoudian / Yamuna Krishnan / Aseem Ansari / Joshua Brooks)
  • Labeling, Folding and Degrading Proteins
    (Brian McNaughton / Jeanne Magram / Andy Crew / Jason Gestwicki)
  • Antibodies and Vaccines
    (Marina Rubini / Catherine Leimkuhler Grimes / Carston Wagner / Steve Kolodziej)
  • Target and Organism-Based Drug Discovery
    (Paola Castaldi / Matthew Fisher / William Pomerantz / Stacie S. Canan)
  • The Role of Weak Forces in Structure and Recognition
    (Emily Derbyshire / Marcey Waters / George Rose / Ronald Raines)
  • Recent Advances in Chemical Biology
    (Jennifer Ottesen / Tarun Kapoor / David Breslauer / Alanna Schepartz)
  • Power Hour
    (Anna Mapp)
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