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Cellulases & Other Carbohydrate-Active Enzymes (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Carbohydrate Active Enzymes in Biofuels and Nutrition


July 22-23, 2017


Proctor Academy
Andover, NH


Darrell W. Cockburn

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Seminar on Cellulases and Other Carbohydrate-Active Enzymes 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.

The focus of this meeting is on the latest developments with regards to cellulases and other carbohydrate active enzymes. This iteration of the meeting is particularly focused on those enzymes important in biofuels and nutrition, however other topics related to these enzymes are welcome as well.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Cellulases & Other Carbohydrate-Active Enzymes" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


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 pmCharacterization of Novel Enzymes
Discussion Leader: Nicolas Terrapon (Aix-Marseille University, France)
3:45 pm - 3:50 pmOpening Remarks
3:50 pm - 4:05 pmPallavi Kaila (Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research, India)
"An 'Unusually Versatile' Glucanotransferase from P. furiosus"
4:05 pm - 4:10 pmDiscussion
4:10 pm - 4:25 pmFakhria Muhammad Razeq (University of Toronto, Canada)
"Production and Characterization of a SGNH Hydrolase from Polysaccharide Utilization Loci Encoding Xylan-Active Enzymes"
4:25 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmEnzymes in the Gut
Discussion Leader: Rebecca Pollet (University of Michigan Medical School, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:50 pmAlexandra Tauzin (Laboratoire d'Ingénierie des Systèmes Biologiques et des Procédés (LISBP), INSA Toulouse, France)
"Ultrahigh-Throughput Discovery of Mucin-Degrading Enzymes from Human Gut Bacteria"
7:50 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:20 pmMatthew Foley (University of Michigan, USA)
"Exploring Carbohydrate Catabolism in the Gut Bacteroides"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:50 pmNicholas McGregor (University of British Columbia, Canada)
"Galactoglucomannan Utilization by a Ruminant Gut Symbiont"
8:50 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
9:00 pm - 9:20 pmRob Gruninger (Agriculture and Agri-Foods Canada, Canada)
"Microbial Basis of Herbivory in the North American Porcupine"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amCharacterization of Biomass-Active Enzymes
Discussion Leader: Thu Vuong (University of Toronto, Canada)
9:00 am - 9:20 amCassandra Nelson (University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA)
"Discovery of Diverse Substrate Specificities for the GH3 Family Enzymes in Cellvibrio japonicus"
9:20 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:50 amCesar Terrasan (University of Campinas, Brazil)
"Secretion of Cdh and LPMOs by Aspergillus nidulans Grown on Pretreated Sugarcane Bagasse and Straw: Importance of Target Enzymes Assessed by Proteomic and Functional Approaches"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:20 amMarcelo Rubio (Institute of Biology, University of Campinas, Brazil)
"Changes in the N-Glycosylation Context of Aspergillus nidulans β-Xylosidase Directly Influence the Enzyme Secretion and Functional Properties"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:50 amJenny Arnling Baath (Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden)
"Characterization of Three Putative Glucuronoyl Esterases from a Solibacter Species"
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 pmStructural Analysis of Carbohydrate Active-Enzymes
Discussion Leader: Julie Grondin (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Canada)
1:30 pm - 1:50 pmMarie Moeller (Technical University of Denmark, Denmark)
"Barley Limit Dextrinase and Its Endogenous Inhibitor as Model System for High Affinity Binding"
1:50 pm - 2:00 pmDiscussion
2:00 pm - 2:20 pmVivek Bharadwaj (National Renewable Energy Laboratory, USA)
"Hydrolysis Mechanism in GH45: A Segue to Understanding Expansin Action"
2:20 pm - 2:30 pmDiscussion
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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