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Photosensory Receptors and Signal Transduction (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

From Photobiological Phenomena to Mechanistically Inspired Synthetic Photobiology


January 23-24, 2016


Hotel Galvez
Galveston, TX


Tilo Mathes & Josiah P. Zayner

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Seminar on Photosensory Receptors and Signal Transduction is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas.

In this meeting we will discuss the latest insights into photosensory processes involving a vast variety of photoreceptor proteins, their molecular signaling concepts as well as their application as biophotonic/optogenetic switches. The format will consist of three sessions for oral presentations by PhD students and postdoctoral researchers and will include two poster sessions. In addition, a career mentoring session is planned featuring panel discussions with established photobiologists and representatives from companies. The confirmed Mentors and Discussion Leaders are:
  • Sensory Photobiology (Mieke de Wit, Switzerland)
  • Molecular Mechanisms of Photoreception (Hernan Bonomi, Argentina, and Andreas Winkler, Austria)
  • Mentors: Sean Crosson (USA) and Aba Losi (Italy)

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Photosensory Receptors and Signal Transduction" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Final Meeting Program

2:00 pm - 5:00 pmArrival and Check-in
3:30 pm - 3:45 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:45 pm - 4:30 pmSensory Photobiology
Discussion Leader: Mieke de Wit (University of Lausanne, Switzerland)
3:45 pm - 3:50 pmOpening Remarks
3:50 pm - 4:05 pmZivko Jovanovic (Institute of Molecular Genetics and Genetic Engineering, Serbia)
"Potato Phototropins - Circadian Regulation or Not?"
4:05 pm - 4:10 pmDiscussion
4:10 pm - 4:25 pmEstella Yee (Cornell University, USA)
"A Novel Signal Transduction Mechanism in LOV Domain Proteins"
4:25 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmMolecular Mechanisms of Photoreception: From Retinal to Carotenoid Chromophores
Discussion Leader: Hernan Bonomi (Fundación Instituto Leloir / National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET), Argentina)
7:30 pm - 7:50 pmShota Ito (Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan)
"ATR-FTIR Spectroscopy Reveal the Specific Hydrogen Bonding Network of Na+ Binding Site in Na+ Pumping Rhodopsin"
7:50 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:20 pmJonas Wietek (Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany)
"Chloride Conducting Channelrhodopsins - Past, Present and Future"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:50 pmSepalika Bandara (University of Illinois at Chicago, USA)
"Exploring the Molecular Mechanism of Orange Carotenoid Protein"
8:50 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
9:00 pm - 9:20 pmIgor Dikiy (CUNY Advanced Science Research Center, USA)
"Monomeric Histidine Kinases as a Model to Study the Mechanism of Activation"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amMolecular Mechanisms of Photoreception: From Crystallography to Theoretical Structure of Photoreceptors
Discussion Leader: Andreas Winkler (Graz University of Technology, Austria)
9:00 am - 9:20 amAnastasia Fomicheva (University of Wyoming, USA)
"New Synthetic Photobiology Tools in the Near-Infrared"
9:20 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:50 amAshutosh Pudasaini (Southern Methodist University, USA)
"Structural and Chemical Mechanisms of ZEITLUPE (ZTL) Dictate Circadian Timing in Arabidopsis thaliana"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:20 amMin Wu (University of Gothenburg, Sweden)
"The Photochemical Reaction Mechanism of UVB-Induced Monomerization of UVR8"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:50 amMatthew Blain-Hartung (University of California, Davis, USA)
"Understanding Second Messenger Signaling via CBCRs"
10:50 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session

Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmMentorship Component: Speed Networking Sessions
The mentoring session will provide a chance for Graduate Students, Post-Docs and Professors to meet each other in an intense series of short science/career discussions. Ten 5 minute sessions will take place, with sample questions provided, so you can meet new friends, learn new Science, mentor or be mentored and find new collaborators.
Discussion Leaders: Sean Crosson (University of Chicago, USA) and Aba Losi (University of Parma, Italy)
1:30 pm - 2:25 pmSpeed Networking Sessions
2:25 pm - 2:30 pmClosing Remarks
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes

Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by 1 R13 EY 026323 - 01 from the National Eye Institute. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention by trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.
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