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Isotopes in Biological & Chemical Sciences (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar


February 4-5, 2012


Hotel Galvez
Galveston, TX


Jennifer S. Hirschi

Associate Chair:
Daniel Roston

Meeting Description

The Isotopes in Biological and Chemical Sciences Gordon Research Seminar is a forum for young scientists to present and exchange novel research ideas, form collaborations, and build social networks with scientists of comparable levels of experience. Conferees will be given the unique opportunity to lead discussions, give oral presentations, and participate in poster sessions.

The meeting will focus on experimental and computational research using isotopic probes in the fields of biological, organic, and inorganic chemistry. A session of the conference will involve novel experimental techniques in the application of isotopic analysis.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Isotopes in Biological & Chemical Sciences" 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 pmKeynote Speaker
3:45 pm - 4:15 pmVern Schramm (Albert Einstein College of Medicine)
"Isotope effects in binding, catalysis and dynamics"
4:15 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session I
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmIsotope Effects on Chemical Reactions
Discussion Leader: Samae Quijano (Texas A&M University)
7:30 pm - 7:50 pmAnna Pabis (Technical University of Lodz)
"Theoretical Determination Of The Kinetic Isotope Effects For The Oxidative Degradation Of Nitrobenzene Catalyzed By Nitrobenzene Dioxygenase"
7:50 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:20 pmIvonne Andujar-de Sanctis (Texas A&M University)
"Structural effects on Newtonian Kinetic Isotope Effects"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:50 pmKin-Yiu Wong (Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey)
"Characterization of the Reaction Path and Transition States for RNA Transphosphorylation Models from Kinetic Isotope Effects"
8:50 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
9:00 pm - 9:20 pmPawel Adamczyk (Technical University of Lodz)
"Theoretical Evaluation of Isotopic Fractionation Factors in Oxidation Reactions of Aromatic Pollutants"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amIsotope Effects on Enzymatic Reactions
Discussion Leader: Tatiana Mishanina (University of Iowa)
9:00 am - 9:20 amJohn Robbins (Auburn University)
"Solvent and Primary Kinetic Isotope Effects on the Desulfonation Mechanism of the Two-Component Alkanesulfonate Monooxygenase System"
9:20 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:50 amDaniel Roston (University of Iowa)
"Conformational Distributions at the 'Tunneling Ready State' of H-Transfers"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:20 amSwathi Gannavaram (Georgia State University)
"Kinetic Determination of Redox Potential for Flavin Reduction in D-Arginine Dehydrogenase"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:50 amMuhammad Saeed (University of Iowa)
"Targeting thymidylate synthase activity and folate receptors expression to assess therapeutic response and cancer imaging by positron emission tomography (PET) technique"
10:50 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session II
Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmProbing Enzyme Dynamics Using Isotope Effects
Discussion Leader: Emannuel Burgos (Albert Einstein College of Medicine)
1:30 pm - 1:50 pmRandy Kipp (Albert Einstein College of Medicine)
"Mass-dependent bond vibrational dynamics influence catalysis by HIV-1 protease"
1:50 pm - 2:00 pmDiscussion
2:00 pm - 2:20 pmRafael Da Silva (Albert Einstein College of Medicine)
"Femtosecond dynamics coupled to chemical barrier crossing in a Born-Oppenheimer enzyme"
2:20 pm - 2:30 pmDiscussion
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill out GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmGordon Research Seminar ends. For those attending the associated Gordon Research Conference, please check in at the GRC Office beginning at 4:00 pm.
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