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.
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 pm||Arrival and Check-in|
|3:00 pm - 3:15 pm||Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair|
|3:15 pm - 4:00 pm||Keynote 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 pm||Lia 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 pm||Discussion|
|4:00 pm - 5:30 pm||Poster Session|
|5:30 pm - 7:30 pm||Fundamental Processes and Regulation of
|Discussion Leaders: Alix Deymier (Columbia University, USA) and Michal Shemesh (Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel)|
|5:30 pm - 5:45 pm||Karen DeRocher (Northwestern University, USA)|
"Properties of the Amorphous Intergranular Phase in Human Dental Enamel"
|5:45 pm - 5:50 pm||Discussion|
|5:50 pm - 6:05 pm||Amanda You (Imperial College London, United Kingdom)|
"Characterisation of Medial Aortic Calcification in Human Aorta Using Raman Spectroscopy"
|6:05 pm - 6:10 pm||Discussion|
|6:10 pm - 6:25 pm||Jennie Kunitake (Cornell University, USA)|
"Correlated Pathology and Spectroscopic Imaging of Human Breast Cancer Microcalcifications"
|6:25 pm - 6:30 pm||Discussion|
|6:30 pm - 6:45 pm||Jessica Walker (University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom)|
"Polymorph Selectivity of Coccolith Associated Polysaccharides"
|6:45 pm - 6:50 pm||Discussion|
|6:50 pm - 7:05 pm||Dimitra Athanasiadou (McGill University, Canada)|
"Hierarchical Nanoparticulate Structure of Avian Eggshell"
|7:05 pm - 7:10 pm||Discussion|
|7:10 pm - 7:25 pm||Sebastian Mergelsberg (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA)|
"Morphological Dependence of Element Stoichiometry in the H. americanus Exoskeleton"
|7:25 pm - 7:30 pm||Discussion|
|7:30 am - 8:30 am||Breakfast|
|9:00 am - 11:00 am||Mineral 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 am||Katy Olafson (University of Houston, USA)|
"Elucidating the Molecular Interactions Between Antimalarial Drugs and Hematin Crystal Surfaces"
|9:15 am - 9:20 am||Discussion|
|9:20 am - 9:35 am||Wenjun 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 am||Discussion|
|9:40 am - 9:55 am||Sindre 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 am||Discussion|
|10:00 am - 10:15 am||Chang-Yu Sun (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA)|
"Understanding Spherulitic Growth via Crystal Orientation Analysis in Synthetic Aragonite and Biominerals"
|10:15 am - 10:20 am||Discussion|
|10:20 am - 10:35 am||Zhaoyong 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 am||Discussion|
|10:40 am - 10:55 am||Anna Hirsch (Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel)|
"'Guanigma': The Revised Structure of Biogenic Anhydrous Guanine"
|10:55 am - 11:00 am||Discussion|
|11:00 am - 12:30 pm||Poster Session|
|Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am|
|1:30 pm - 2:30 pm||Biomineralization
|Discussion Leaders: Michael Pacella (Johns Hopkins University, USA) and Anna Schenk (University of Stuttgart, Germany)|
|1:30 pm - 1:45 pm||Aaron Finney (University of Sheffield, United Kingdom)|
"The Influence of Amino Acids on Calcium Carbonate Nucleation"
|1:45 pm - 1:50 pm||Discussion|
|1:50 pm - 2:20 pm||Adam Wallace (University of Delaware, USA)|
"Investigating Mechanisms of Postmortem Soft Tissues Biomineralization in Ancient Sediments with Model Systems"
|2:20 pm - 2:30 pm||Discussion|
|2:30 pm - 3:00 pm||Evaluation Period|
|Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms|
|3:00 pm||Seminar 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.