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Biointerface Science
Gordon Research Conference

Active, Adaptive, and Responsive Biointerfaces

Dates

June 12-17, 2016

Location

Les Diablerets Conference Center
Les Diablerets, Switzerland

Organizers

Chair:
Atul N. Parikh

Vice Chair:
Hagan P. Bayley

Meeting Description

The 2016 GRC on Biointerface Science brings together scientists and engineers, including students, post-docs, young investigators, and thought-leaders in the rapidly consolidating field of natural and engineered biological interfaces. Biointerfaces – encompassing natural interfaces between clusters and assemblies of biomolecules and water, between cells and extra-cellular matrix, between populations of cells and their surroundings, and those between the biotic and the abiotic in engineered settings – are pervasive across a host of fields spanning materials science to medicine, sensing to synthetic biology, plants to pathogenesis, and oncology to the origins of life. Appearing across a range of length- and time-scales as emergent mesoscale features, biointerfaces offer a convergent theme across disciplinary boundaries affording an opportunity to dissect fundamental physical-chemical mechanisms at interfaces, unravel functional significance of interfaces, identify practical challenges, and explore new scientific and technological opportunities.

The 2016 Gordon Research Conference on Biointerface Science seeks to explore this convergence by offering a broad scientific program, spearheaded by distinguished speakers and discussion leaders, to open a cross-disciplinary conversation. Tentative sessions include (1) a keynote session on active, dynamic, and adaptive biological interfaces; (2) smart and responsive biointerfaces, including biosensors; (3) physics and chemistry interfaces; (4) advances in characterization of interfaces; (5) localization of functions at cellular interfaces, including signaling; (6) roles of interfaces in cellular colonies, including those of ECM and EPS; and (7) importance of interfaces in the origins of life and design of synthetic protocells. We have also planned separate sessions for Late-Breaking Topics (selected from submissions) and a concluding Perspective session. The cross-disciplinary interchange at the GRC is expected to help identify common interfacial issues, model systems, characterization tools, and develop a shared language. Following a modified GRC format in the spirit of the "Fraunfelder Rule", this conference promotes active discussions, offers social time, and facilitates free and open scientific communication across experience levels toward building a vibrant and cohesive Biointerface Science community.

Selected Speakers/Discussion Leaders include: (1) Petra Schwille (MPI-Biochemistry) (2) Stephen Mann (Bristol), (3) Dan Fletcher (UC Berkeley), (4) Samuel Stupp (Northwestern), (5) Dek Woolfson (Bristol), (6) Daniel Müller (ETH-Zurich), (7) Sara Sandin (NTU, Singapore), (8) Luke Lee (UC Berkeley), (9) Milan Mrksich (Northwestern), (10) Jay Groves (UC Berkeley), (11) Lee Cronin (Glasgow), and (12) Staffan Kjelleberg (Nanyang Technology University).

The associated Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) on Biointerface Science – in contiguity with the GRC – provides a venue with sufficient intimacy for junior investigators and young scientists to readily establish informal networks for long-term collaborations and a life-time of scientific citizenship.

Related Meeting

This GRC was held in conjunction with the "Biointerface Science" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS). Refer to the associated GRS program page for more information.

Contributors

Final Meeting Program

Sunday
4:00 pm - 8:00 pmArrival and Check-in
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:40 pm - 9:30 pmKeynote Session: Active, Adaptive, and Dynamic Biointerfaces
Discussion Leader: C. Jeffrey Brinker (Sandia National Laboratories / University of New Mexico, USA)
7:40 pm - 7:50 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
7:50 pm - 8:25 pmStephen Mann (University of Bristol, United Kingdom)
"Proto-Biological Interfaces and the Advent of Synthetic Cellularity"
8:25 pm - 8:40 pmDiscussion
8:40 pm - 9:15 pmPetra Schwille (Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Germany)
"How to Controllably Switch Protein Patterns on Membranes"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Monday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmSmart and Responsive Biointerfaces and Biosensors
Discussion Leader: Bengt Kasemo (Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden)
9:00 am - 9:10 amIntroduction by Discussion Leader
9:10 am - 9:50 amDaniel Fletcher (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
"Disease Diagnosis and Discovery with Mobile Phones"
9:50 am - 10:10 amDiscussion
10:10 am - 10:40 amCoffee Break
10:40 am - 11:20 amDimitrios Stamou (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
"High Sensitivity, High Throughput, Recording of Single Transporter Activity"
11:20 am - 11:35 amDiscussion
11:35 am - 12:15 pmMarta Bally (Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden)
"Cell Surface Mimics to Probe Virus-Membrane Interactions"
12:15 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmGroup Photo / Lunch
1:30 pm - 4:30 pmFree Time
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pm - 8:00 pmChemistry of Interfaces
Discussion Leader: Amitabha Chattopadhyay (Center for Cellular and Molecular Biology, India)
6:00 pm - 6:10 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
6:10 pm - 6:50 pmSamuel Stupp (Northwestern University, USA)
"Interfaces Between Cells and Functional Supramolecular Systems"
6:50 pm - 7:05 pmDiscussion
7:05 pm - 7:45 pmPaul Cremer (Pennsylvania State University, USA)
"The Metallomembrane: Investigating the Interactions of Transition Metal Ions with Lipid Bilayers"
7:45 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pmDinner
Tuesday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmCharacterization of Interfaces: New Advances
Discussion Leader: Adam Perriman (University of Bristol, United Kingdom)
9:00 am - 9:10 amIntroduction by Discussion Leader
9:10 am - 9:50 amLuke Lee (University of California Berklee/NUS, USA)
"Bio-Inspired Optical Antennas"
9:50 am - 10:10 amDiscussion
10:10 am - 10:40 amCoffee Break
10:40 am - 11:20 amDaniel Mueller (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
"Single Molecule Atomic Force Microscopy and Force Spectroscopy for Quantifying Biological Processes"
11:20 am - 11:35 amDiscussion
11:35 am - 12:15 pmSara Sandin (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
"Phase-Plate Cryo-EM Analysis of Chromatin and DNA at Near-Atomic Resolution"
12:15 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:30 pmFree Time
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pm - 8:00 pmOrigins of Life and Synthetic Cell
Discussion Leader: Kathryn Whitehead (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
6:00 pm - 6:10 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
6:10 pm - 6:50 pmDek Woolfson (University of Bristol, United Kingdom)
"Designing Peptide-Based Assemblies to Interface with Membranes and Cells"
6:50 pm - 7:05 pmDiscussion
7:05 pm - 7:45 pmLee Cronin (University of Glasgow, United Kingdom)
"Exploring the Emergence Complexity at the 'Cell' Level: From Morphogenesis to Darwinian Evolution"
7:45 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pmDinner
Wednesday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmCellular and Intercellular Interfaces
Discussion Leader: Jay Groves (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
9:00 am - 9:10 amIntroduction by Discussion Leader
9:10 am - 9:50 amMadan Rao (National Center for Biological Sciences, India)
"Mechanisms of Membrane Organization and Endocytosis"
9:50 am - 10:10 amDiscussion
10:10 am - 10:40 amCoffee Break
10:40 am - 11:00 amMotomu Tanaka (University of Heidelberg, Germany)
"Fluctuations at Biointerfaces"
11:00 am - 11:05 amDiscussion
11:05 am - 11:25 amAli Miserez (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
"Molecular Dehydration of Biointerfaces by Mussel Adhesive Proteins and Biomimetic Peptides"
11:25 am - 11:35 amDiscussion
11:35 am - 12:15 pmJeanne Stachowiak (The University of Texas at Austin, USA)
"Reverse Engineering Biological Membranes – From Physical Mechanisms to Therapeutic Strategies"
12:15 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:30 pmFree Time
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pm - 8:00 pmInterfaces in Cellular Colonies and Microbial Communities
Discussion Leader: Hagan Bayley (University of Oxford, United Kingdom)
6:00 pm - 6:10 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
6:10 pm - 6:50 pmStaffan Kjelleberg (Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering, Singapore)
"Ecomechanics of the Extracellular Interface Resolves Key Biofilm Development Stages"
6:50 pm - 7:05 pmDiscussion
7:05 pm - 7:45 pmGerard Wong (University of California, Los Angeles, USA)
"Surface Sensing During the First 20 Generations of Bacterial Life on a Surface"
7:45 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pmDinner
Thursday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
8:30 am - 9:00 amBusiness Meeting
Nominations for the Next Vice Chair; Fill in Conference Evaluation Forms; Discuss Future Site and Scheduling Preferences; Election of the Next Vice Chair
9:00 am - 12:30 pmLate-Breaking Topics
Discussion Leaders: Benjamin Yellen (Duke University, USA) and Padmini Rangamani (University of California, San Diego, USA)
9:00 am - 9:20 amAnders Gunnarsson (AstraZeneca R&D, Sweden)
"Watching Single Molecules in Action – Turning an Optical Microscope into a Single Molecule Biosensor for Drug Discovery Applications"
9:20 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:50 amSierin Lim (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
"Modulating Protein-Protein Interaction for Tunable Assembly and Release of Molecular Cargo"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:20 amErkin Seker (University of California, Davis, USA)
"Nanoporous Gold as a Multifunctional Biointerface"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 11:00 amCoffee Break
11:00 am - 11:20 amXimin He (University of California, Los Angeles, USA)
"Stimuli-Responsive Surfaces for Cell Adhesion and Separation"
11:20 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 11:50 amDarius Koester (National Centre for Biological Sciences, India)
"Acto-Myosin Dynamics Drive Local Membrane Component Organization in an In Vitro Active Composite Layer"
11:50 am - 12:00 pmDiscussion
12:00 pm - 12:20 pmCheemeng Tan (University of California, Davis, USA)
"Programmable Communication Between Artificial and Natural Cells"
12:20 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:30 pmFree Time
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pm - 8:00 pmPerspectives: What Constitutes Biointerface Science
Discussion Leaders: Atul Parikh (University of California, Davis, USA) and Bo Liedberg (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
6:00 pm - 6:15 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
6:15 pm - 6:35 pmHagan Bayley (University of Oxford, United Kingdom)
"What Constitutes Biointerfaces?"
6:35 pm - 6:50 pmDiscussion
6:50 pm - 7:10 pmC. Jeffrey Brinker (Sandia National Laboratories / University of New Mexico, USA)
"Protocells: From Drug Delivery to Cell-Mimics"
7:10 pm - 7:25 pmDiscussion
7:25 pm - 7:45 pmGeneral Discussion
7:45 pm - 8:00 pmClosing Remarks
8:00 pmDinner
Friday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture

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