Last updated April 27, 2020
Due to the ongoing health risk caused by the corona virus, we decided – in consultation with officials from The Pennsylvania State University – to postpone the 6th Penn State Bioinorganic Workshop to June 2021.
Further updates will be provided on this website.
We are sad that we cannot host the next generation of bioinorganic chemists in June 2020 at Penn State, but are all the more excited to meet you in June 2021 at the next workshop!
The following scientists and many members of their groups have agreed to participate: Eckhard Bill (Max-Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion), Amie Boal (Pennsylvania State University), Marty Bollinger (Pennsylvania State University), Squire Booker (Pennsylvania State University), Wei-chen Chang (North Carolina State University), Joseph Cotruvo (Pennsylvania State University), Candace Davison (Pennsylvania State University), Serena DeBeer (Max-Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion), Oliver Einsle (Freiburg University), Sean Elliott (Boston University), Christy George (Pennsylvania State University), John Gerlt (University of Illinois), Yisong (Alex) Guo (Carnegie Mellon University), Neil Kelleher (Northwestern University), Jesse Kleingardner (Messiah College), Carsten Krebs (Pennsylvania State University), Tapas Mal (Pennsylvania State University), Anne-Frances Miller (University of Kentucky), Maria-Eirini Pandelia (Brandeis University), Denis Proshlyakov (Michigan State University), Allison Saunders (Lycoming College), Hannah Shafaat (Ohio State University), Alexey Silakov (Pennsylvania State University), Troy Stich (Wakeforest University), Stefan Stoll (University of Washington), Dan Suess (MIT), Katherine Van Heuvelen (Harvey Mudd College), Dean Wilcox (Dartmouth College), and Jarett Wilcoxen (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee).
Several colleagues who taught at previous workshops will not come to the 2020 workshop, but continue to support the workshop; e.g. members from the Golbeck, Lehnert, and Neese groups teach the EPR1, MCD, and DFT practicals.
The workshop will feature the following scientific program:
- 13 talks by faculty experts on methods relevant to bioinorganic chemistry
- (1) Introduction to coordination chemistry (Dan Suess, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
- (2) Introduction to EPR spectroscopy (Stefan Stoll, University of Washington)
- (3) Pulse EPR spectroscopy (Alexey Silakov, PSU)
- (4) Mössbauer spectroscopy (Eckhard Bill, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion)
- (5) X-ray crystallography (Oliver Einsle, University of Freiburg)
- (6) X-ray spectroscopy (Serena DeBeer, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion)
- (7) Protein electrochemistry (Sean Elliott, Boston University)
- (8) Resonance Raman spectroscopy (Hannah Shafaat, Ohio State University)
- (9) MCD spectroscopy (Katherine Van Heuvelen, Harvey Mudd College)
- (10) Isothermal titration calorimetry (Dean Wilcox, Dartmouth College)
- (11) NMR of paramagnetic molecules (Anne-Frances Miller, University of Kentucky)
- (12) Bioinformatics (John Gerlt, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign)
- (13) Mass spectrometry (Neil Kelleher, Northwestern University)
- Up to 12 repetitions of hands-on training offered in 2-h time blocks to small groups (typically 6 participants) in the following 20 methods:
- (1) Fundamentals of EPR spectroscopy
- (2) Pulsed EPR techniques
- (3) Analysis of EPR spectra
- (4) Mössbauer spectroscopy
- (5) Stopped-flow absorption spectroscopy
- (6) Freeze-quench method
- (7) MCD spectroscopy
- (8) Resonance Raman spectroscopy
- (9) X-ray spectroscopy
- (10) X-ray crystallography
- (11) Protein electrochemistry
- (12) Density functional theory calculations with ORCA (4-h time block)
- (13) High-resolution mass spectrometry
- (14) small-molecule QQQ LC/MS
- (15) Isothermal titration calorimetry
- (16) Anoxic protein purification
- (17) Cryoreduction experiments
- (18) Sequence similarity networks in bioinformatics (4-h time block)
- (19) NMR spectroscopy of paramagnetic molecules
- (20) Fluorescent sensors for metal ions
- A 2-h poster session
- Two half-day sessions with approximately 12 talks by participants on their research; speakers will be selected from abstracts. Talks will be 20 min plus 10 min for discussion. These sessions will be tentatively moderated by 2014 Penn State Bioinorganic Workshop participants Lisa Olshansky (University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign) and Kelly Chacón (Reed College).
The workshop is generously supported by the following organizations and companies:
The participation fee for a participant from academia is $1,000 (before March 20th, 2020) or $1,300 (after March 20th, 2020).
The participation fee for a participant from industry is $1,500 (before March 20th, 2020) or $2,000 (after March 20th, 2020).
These costs do not include travel, lodging, and lunch/dinner. Breakfast will be provided in the Chemistry Building at least 30 min before begin of the sessions.
Registration will open soon at this site. After completing registration, you will receive a link to an online form, where you can select the methods for the hands-on practicals and receive further information about lodging.
Unfortunately, it is not possible any more to offer the on-campus housing option to participants, because of a change of Penn State policy. We are in the process of arranging lodging for participants within walking distance of the Chemistry Building. Further information will be provided upon registration. If you are interested in sharing a room with another participant to reduce the lodging costs, a list of participants interested in this option will be made available to those registered.
There will be approximately 12 talks by participants. Speakers will be selected from abstracts. If you are interested in giving an invited talk, please prepare your abstract using the abstract template and email it by Friday, March 20th to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We encourage all attendees to present their research during the poster session. Please prepare your abstract using the abstract template and email it by Friday, May 8th to email@example.com. Details about poster dimensions will be provided here soon.