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Single Molecule Approaches to Biology
Gordon Research Conference

Uncovering Fundamental Mechanisms in Biology and Beyond, One Molecule at a Time


July 15-20, 2018


Mount Snow
West Dover, VT Site Information


Julie Biteen & Antoine Van Oijen

Vice Chairs:
Erwin J.G. Peterman & Olga K. Dudko

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by June 17, 2018. 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 2018 Gordon Conference on Single-Molecule Approaches to Biology will provide an interdisciplinary forum for researchers who develop single-molecule methodologies and apply them to solve important problems in biology and beyond. Single-molecule approaches capture transient intermediates and heterogeneous behavior at the molecular level and in real time; these methods therefore have the power to elucidate nanoscale mechanisms in complex environments. Single-molecule imaging, spectroscopy, and manipulation have uncovered how molecular systems effect function in living cells. This conference will bring together biologists, physicists, chemists, and engineers, and will feature sessions on single-molecule topics as diverse as super-resolution imaging, nanophotonics, enzymology, energy transfer, chemistry, and mechanics.

Related Meeting

This GRC will be held in conjunction with the "Single Molecule Approaches to Biology" 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.


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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 15, 2018. Please check back for updates.

  • Keynote Session: Understanding Life at a Higher Resolution
    (Julie Biteen, Antoine Van Oijen / W.E. Moerner / Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz)
  • Fundamental Cellular Processes
    (Ethan Garner / Ahmet Yildiz / David Rueda / Samara Reck-Peterson / Scott Blanchard)
  • Single-Molecule Approaches in Chemistry
    (Steven Lee / Christy Landes / Randall Goldsmith / Laura Kaufman)
  • Photosynthesis and Energy Transfer
    (Randall Goldsmith / Gabriela Schlau-Cohen / Yousoo Kim / Richard Hildner / Rienk Van Grondelle)
  • Single Molecules in Living Cells
    (Johan Elf / Bianxiao Cui / Jin Zhang / Ethan Garner)
  • Super-Resolution Imaging
    (Erwin Peterman / Samuel Hess / Yujie Sun / Steven Lee / Suliana Manley)
  • Single-Molecule Nanophotonics and Plasmonics
    (Christy Landes / Michel Orrit / Katherine Willets / Niek Van Hulst)
  • Single-Molecule Mechanics
    (Bianxiao Cui / Wesley Wong / Madhavi Krishnan / Sabrina Leslie)
  • From Single Molecules to Complex Systems
    (Olga Dudko / Frederick MacKintosh / Mark Wallace / Xiaoliang Sunney Xie)
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