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Biointerface Science (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Building Interdisciplinary Bridges Towards Expanding the Frontiers of Biological Science


June 11-12, 2016


Les Diablerets Conference Center
Les Diablerets, Switzerland


Hudson Pace & Elisa D'Arcangelo

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Seminar on Biointerface Science is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other junior investigators whom are within the first 10 years after attaining their PhD to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas.

This meeting will gather international researchers from engineering, chemistry, biology, and physics in a synergistic effort to overcome the interdisciplinary barriers often encountered in Biointerface Science. Biological interfaces exist in many varieties: interfacial and membrane associated proteins, natural and artificial membrane structures, bioelectronics, biofilms, nanomedicine, biomedical device development, cell-culturing scaffolds, etc. It is through interdisciplinary collaboration and discussion that we can find the answers to our own personal research barriers.

Related Meeting

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


Final Meeting Program

1:30 pm - 4:30 pmArrival and Check-in
3:00 pm - 3:15 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:15 pm - 4:00 pmKeynote Session: Biointerface Science and Applications: Past, Present, and Future
As one of the forefathers of Biointerface Science, Bengt Kasemo is the perfect choice to describe how this field emerged, how it is still evolving, and how to identify newly emerging interdisciplinary fields. He has also had his share of both successes and failures with spin-off companies; one such company is Q-Sense, which produces scientific instruments that can be found in research labs around the world. Despite all of his successes both in business and in academia he remains humble and enjoys working with young scientists.
Discussion Leader: Hudson Pace (Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden)
3:15 pm - 3:35 pmBengt Kasemo (Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden)
"Biointerface Science and Applications: Past, Present, and Future"
3:35 pm - 4:00 pmDiscussion
4:00 pm - 5:30 pmPoster Session
5:30 pm - 7:30 pmBiological Interactions on Cell Surface Mimics / Mentorship Component: Career Panel Discussion
Mentorship Component: We strive for a unique experience for the GRS attendees by assembling a group of individuals that are within the first 5 years after their PhD and have gone on to find success in either academia, industry, or through entrepreneurship. The mentorship panel in the latter half of this session is meant to target current PhD students and early post-docs that are perhaps struggling with the decision of what to do next in their career and need inspiration about the options that are available to them. Unlike many other career panels, this one will utilize members that have had to answer such questions for themselves very recently and who are of similar age to the audience.
Discussion Leader: Irena Kiesel (Institut Laue-Langevin, France)
5:30 pm - 5:50 pmDaniel Cohen (Stanford University, USA)
"Mimicking the Tissue-Tissue Interface with a 'Cell-Like' Biomaterial"
5:50 pm - 6:00 pmDiscussion
6:00 pm - 6:20 pmNadia Peerboom (Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden)
"Surface-Based Sensing to Probe Herpes-Glycosaminoglycan Interactions with Single Particle Sensitivity"
6:20 pm - 6:30 pmDiscussion
6:30 pm - 7:30 pmPanel Discussion
"Making the Transition: What Is Next After My PhD/Post-Doc?"
  • Anders Gunnarsson (AstraZeneca R&D, Sweden)
  • Vincent Milleret (Ectica Technologies, Switzerland)
  • Kaori Sugihara (University of Geneva, Switzerland)
8:00 pmDinner
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amNanoparticle-Membrane Interactions / Dynamic Membrane Architectures
Discussion Leaders: Anders Gunnarsson (AstraZeneca R&D, Sweden) and Yuval Elani (Imperial College London, United Kingdom)
9:00 am - 9:20 amAnders Lundgren (University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU), Austria)
"Non-Specific DLVO-Type Interaction Explains Size-Dependent Specific Binding of Membrane-Targeted Nanoparticles"
9:20 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:50 amMichael Mitchell (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
"Polymeric Mechanical Amplifiers of Tumor Apoptosis"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:20 amMorgan Chabanon (University of California, San Diego, USA)
"Non-Equilibrium Thermodynamics of Lipid Vesicle Under Osmotic Stress"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:50 amAlexander Mason (University of New South Wales, Australia)
"Rational Design of Polymers to Control Membrane Protein Orientation in Vesicles"
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 pmCells at Conductive-Substrate Interfaces
Discussion Leader: Tagbo Niepa (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
1:30 pm - 1:50 pmCatalina Vallejo Giraldo (CÚRAM / National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland)
"PEDOT Polymeric Coatings for Neuroelectrodes: Topographical and Biological Strategies"
1:50 pm - 2:00 pmDiscussion
2:00 pm - 2:20 pmTobias Wenzel (University of Cambridge, United Kingdom)
"Transparent Electrode Scaffolds for Light Stimulated Electrochemical Measurements on Biofilms"
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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