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Biomineralization (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Exploring Mechanisms Behind Biomineral Formation and Function


August 13-14, 2016


PGA Catalunya Business and Convention Centre
Girona, Spain


Betty Hoac, Anat Akiva & Michael L. Whittaker

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) on Biomineralization is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and early-career faculty to present cutting-edge research, share inspirational ideas, and foster forward thinking exchanges.

A diverse range of structures and properties across thousands of biomineralizing species and over 60 mineral systems unites researchers from disparate fields to a common theme. In pursuit of multidisciplinary collaboration, this meeting will explore the frontiers of biomineralization research. Organized, presented, and discussed by emerging scientists, topics to be addressed include: in vivo, in vitro, and in silico mineralization processes, regulatory mechanisms, structure, biomechanics, and bio-inspired technologies for the study and control of biomineralization in natural, pathological and synthetic conditions.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Biomineralization" 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: Biomineralization Pathways
Discussion Leaders: Marie Alberic (Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Germany) and Jose Manuel Delgado-Lopez (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), Spain)
3:15 pm - 3:50 pmLia Addadi (Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel)
"Biomineralization Pathways: From Assembly and Deposition in Soft Tissues to Formation of Skeletal Materials"
3:50 pm - 4:00 pmDiscussion
4:00 pm - 5:30 pmPoster Session
5:30 pm - 7:30 pmFundamental Processes and Regulation of Biomineralization
Discussion Leaders: Alix Deymier (Columbia University, USA) and Michal Shemesh (Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel)
5:30 pm - 5:45 pmKaren DeRocher (Northwestern University, USA)
"Properties of the Amorphous Intergranular Phase in Human Dental Enamel"
5:45 pm - 5:50 pmDiscussion
5:50 pm - 6:05 pmAmanda You (Imperial College London, United Kingdom)
"Characterisation of Medial Aortic Calcification in Human Aorta Using Raman Spectroscopy"
6:05 pm - 6:10 pmDiscussion
6:10 pm - 6:25 pmJennie Kunitake (Cornell University, USA)
"Correlated Pathology and Spectroscopic Imaging of Human Breast Cancer Microcalcifications"
6:25 pm - 6:30 pmDiscussion
6:30 pm - 6:45 pmJessica Walker (University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom)
"Polymorph Selectivity of Coccolith Associated Polysaccharides"
6:45 pm - 6:50 pmDiscussion
6:50 pm - 7:05 pmDimitra Athanasiadou (McGill University, Canada)
"Hierarchical Nanoparticulate Structure of Avian Eggshell"
7:05 pm - 7:10 pmDiscussion
7:10 pm - 7:25 pmSebastian Mergelsberg (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA)
"Morphological Dependence of Element Stoichiometry in the H. americanus Exoskeleton"
7:25 pm - 7:30 pmDiscussion
8:00 pmDinner
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amMineral Nucleation, Growth and Control, and Bio-Inspired Mineralization
Discussion Leaders: Joe Harris (Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany) and Giulia Mirabello (Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands)
9:00 am - 9:15 amKaty Olafson (University of Houston, USA)
"Elucidating the Molecular Interactions Between Antimalarial Drugs and Hematin Crystal Surfaces"
9:15 am - 9:20 amDiscussion
9:20 am - 9:35 amWenjun Zhang (Huazhong Agricultural University, China)
"Templated Biomineralization on Self-Assembled Protein Nanofibers Buried in Calcium Oxalate Raphides of Musa spp."
9:35 am - 9:40 amDiscussion
9:40 am - 9:55 amSindre Bjørnøy (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway)
"Correlative Microscopy and Spectroscopy Studies of Calcium Phosphate Mineralization Processes Within Alginate Hydrogels"
9:55 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:15 amChang-Yu Sun (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA)
"Understanding Spherulitic Growth via Crystal Orientation Analysis in Synthetic Aragonite and Biominerals"
10:15 am - 10:20 amDiscussion
10:20 am - 10:35 amZhaoyong Zou (Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Germany)
"Golmite: A New Hydrated Calcium Carbonate Formed from Amorphous Calcium Carbonate in the Presence of Magnesium"
10:35 am - 10:40 amDiscussion
10:40 am - 10:55 amAnna Hirsch (Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel)
"'Guanigma': The Revised Structure of Biogenic Anhydrous Guanine"
10:55 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 pmBiomineralization Mechanisms
Discussion Leaders: Michael Pacella (Johns Hopkins University, USA) and Anna Schenk (University of Stuttgart, Germany)
1:30 pm - 1:45 pmAaron Finney (University of Sheffield, United Kingdom)
"The Influence of Amino Acids on Calcium Carbonate Nucleation"
1:45 pm - 1:50 pmDiscussion
1:50 pm - 2:20 pmAdam Wallace (University of Delaware, USA)
"Investigating Mechanisms of Postmortem Soft Tissues Biomineralization in Ancient Sediments with Model Systems"
2:20 pm - 2:30 pmDiscussion
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes

This material is based upon work supported by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research under award number FA9550-16-1-0123. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the United States Air Force.

Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by DE026340-01 from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) and the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS). 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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