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Biocatalysis (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Combining Science and Engineering for Innovation in Biocatalysis


July 9-10, 2016


University of New England
Biddeford, ME


Catarina Seita & Michael J. Fink

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Seminar on Biocatalysis 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 bringing together different fields within biocatalysis and discuss the latest developments in the use of enzymes for synthesis of chemical products. The Biocatalysis Gordon Research Seminar will explore both the scientific advances behind the study of structure and function of enzymes and its application in different chemical sectors, as well as process engineering concepts to enable the industrial implementation of biocatalytic systems. The meeting will feature a keynote lecture by a key scientific leader in the field, selected oral and poster presentations and also a mentorship panel focused on career development.

We hope to see you at 2016 GRS on Biocatalysis in Biddeford, Maine, USA.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Biocatalysis" 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 pmKeynote Session: Status of Biocatalysis
Discussion Leader: Lisa Marx (KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden)
3:45 pm - 4:15 pmAndreas Bommarius (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)
"Status of Biocatalysis – Developability and Current Frontiers"
4:15 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmTerpene Synthases / Mentorship Component: Career Panel
Discussion Leaders: Fiona Truscott (University College London, United Kingdom), Catarina Seita (Technical University of Denmark, Denmark) and Michael Fink (Harvard University, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:50 pmCharlotte Kürten (Science for Life Laboratory / KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden)
"Understanding and Engineering Solvent Dynamics in Enzymes for the Production of Valuable Polycyclic Products"
7:50 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:20 pmAbith Vattekkatte (Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Germany)
"Single Template, Multiple Currencies: Modulating Multiproduct Terpene Synthases with Substrates"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:30 pmPanel Discussion
"How to Build a Scientific Career"
  • David Berkowitz (University of Nebraska, USA)
  • Birgit Kosjek (Merck & Co., Inc., USA)
  • Andreas Bommarius (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)
  • John Woodley (Technical University of Denmark, Denmark)
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amMetals and Enzymatic Function / Flavin-Dependent Enzymes
Discussion Leader: Fabio Parmeggiani (University of Manchester, United Kingdom)
9:00 am - 9:20 amHanna Key (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
"Abiological Catalysis by Artificial Heme Proteins Containing Noble Metals in Place of Iron"
9:20 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:50 amAditi Deshpande (Brandeis University, USA)
"Metal-Dependent Function of a Mammalian Acireductone Dioxygenase"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:20 amFlorian Rudroff (Vienna University of Technology, Austria)
"Inexpensive Additives Stabilize Notoriously Fragile Flavin Monooxygenases 50 to 100-Fold Under Reaction Conditions"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:50 amEileen Brandenburger (The University of Manchester, United Kingdom)
"Development of Halogenase Enzymes as Novel Biocatalysts"
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 pmTowards Industrial Application of Biocatalysis
Discussion Leader: Mahbod Hajighasemi (University of Toronto, Canada)
1:30 pm - 1:50 pmAsbjorn Toftgaard Pedersen (Technical University of Denmark, Denmark)
"The Influence of the Michaelis Constant for Oxygen on the Scale-Up and Operation of Oxygen Dependent Biocatalytic Processes"
1:50 pm - 2:00 pmDiscussion
2:00 pm - 2:20 pmAlex Brogan (Imperial College London, United Kingdom)
"Solvent-Free Functional Biofluids as a Route Towards Highly Stable Biocatalysts in Non-Aqueous Environments"
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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