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Bioinorganic Chemistry (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Uncovering and Capitalizing on the Chemistry of Metals in Biology


January 25-28, 2018


Four Points Sheraton / Holiday Inn Express
Ventura, CA Site Information


Jack Nicoludis

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by December 28, 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

From controlling the transport of metals into, out of and around the cell to positioning metals in active sites to do chemical transformations that inspire synthetic chemists, biology still has unparalleled mastery that bioinorganic chemists seek to understand. A variety of diseases, from cancer to nutrient imbalances, involve processes of metal transport and reactivity within the body, making our goal of understanding the role of metals in biology an important biomedical direction. This Gordon Research Seminar presents the most novel research in the field of bioinorganic chemistry, providing a current view into our knowledge of the roles of metal in biology and our progress in emulating this chemistry. In addition to experimental investigations, this conference will highlight the emerging roles that computational tools, such as molecular dynamics, quantum mechanical calculations, bioinformatics and RNA-seq analysis, have in understanding bioinorganic chemistry.

Now in its 22nd year, the Bioinorganic Chemistry GRS was established in 1996 to supplement the routinely oversubscribed Metals in Biology Gordon Research Conference (GRC). The GRS provides a platform for young scientists to hear novel research and take part in a dynamic scientific community. The breadth of the bioinorganic chemistry field creates a collaborative environment for scientists from a variety of fields that are united by an interest in biology and inorganic chemistry. A joint session with the Metals in Biology GRC and a focus on connecting young scientists looking for their next career move with senior researchers provides exceptional networking opportunities.

We encourage prospective attendees to apply early as the GRS has been consistently oversubscribed due to the unique format of this GRS. Any scientist at the graduate student or postdoc level in the field of bioinorganic chemistry is welcome to apply. Preference will be given to those who submit poster or talk abstracts. Please contact the 2018 Chair, Jack Nicoludis, if you have any questions.

Related Meeting

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

Preliminary Program Outline

An outline of the program components for this GRS is displayed below. The Conference Chair is currently developing their detailed program schedule, which will include the speakers they select from submitted abstracts, in addition to any additional components outlined below. The detailed program will be available by November 25, 2017. Please check back for updates.


  • To Be Selected from Submitted Abstracts

Discussion Leaders

  • Kara Bren (University of Rochester, USA)
  • Emily Que (The University of Texas at Austin, USA)
  • Robert Scarrow (Haverford College, USA)
  • Yong Zhang (Stevens Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Christina Zimanyi (Harvard University, USA)

Additional Discussion Leaders May Be Selected from Submitted Abstracts

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