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Cellulases & Other Carbohydrate-Active Enzymes
Gordon Research Conference

Enzymatic Deconstruction of Polysaccharides, from Biofuels to Nutrition


July 23-28, 2017


Proctor Academy
Andover, NH Site Information


Bernard P. Henrissat

Vice Chair:
Emma R. Master

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by June 25, 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 enzymes that deconstruct polysaccharides and in particular those of the plant cell wall share structural, mechanistic and evolutionary similarities whether for biofuels production, for digestion of dietary glycans or for myriads of other applications such as in food and feed processing. This realization has motivated a small change of title for this very successful conference established in 1999. The 2017 Gordon Research Conference now entitled "Cellulases and Other Carbohydrate-Active Enzymes" will present cutting-edge research on this broad class of enzymes which not only find applications in the industrial enzyme sector, but also in the health sector as they control the sensing and breakdown of dietary polysaccharides in the animal gut. The 2017 conference will offer complementary sessions on "traditional" lignocellulose degradation for biofuels and biorefinery, on the exciting enzymes that depolymerize polysaccharides via oxidative mechanisms, on the polysaccharide deconstruction in the digestive microbiota, and on the multiples approaches that lead to novel enzyme discovery and their complete mechanistic and structural characterization.

Related Meeting

This GRC will be held in conjunction with the "Cellulases & Other Carbohydrate-Active Enzymes" 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 March 23, 2017. Please check back for updates.

  • Keynote Session: CAZymes: From Industry to Fundamentals
    (Katja Johansen / Per Falholt / Kiyohiko Igarashi)
  • Cellulases and the Deconstruction of Plant Cell Walls for Biofuels and Biorefinery
    (Mike Himmel / Seema Singh / Corinne Scown / Yannick Bomble)
  • Cellulosomes
    (Edward Bayer / Sarah Morais / Carlos Fontes)
  • The Gut Microbiota and Complex Carbohydrates
    (Harry Gilbert / Justin Sonnenburg / Michael Patnode / Nicole Koropatkin / Harry Flint)
  • Carbohydrate-Active Enzymes of the Microbiota
    (Harry Brumer / Gabrielle Veronese / Nathalie Juge)
  • LPMOs and Redox Enzymes
    (Paul Walton / Leila Lo Leggio / Makoto Yoshida / Jean-Guy Berrin / Katja Johansen)
  • Structural and Mechanistic Characterization of CAZymes
    (Mark Morrison / Lynne Howell / Gideon Davies)
  • Substrates and Assays for Discovery
    (Gabrielle Veronese / William Helbert / William Willats / Marie-Christine Ralet)
  • Keynote Session: CAZymes: More Genes, Enzymes and Activities
    (Gideon Davies / Michelle O'Malley / Harry Gilbert)
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