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  • Chemical Biology Discussion Group

    Recent years have seen an increasing level of dialogue between chemists and biologists, particularly as recombinant biotechnology tools have made it possible to manipulate the chemical structure of genes and the proteins they encode. This has led to an explosion of interdisciplinary activity at the chemistry/biology interface known as chemical biology.

    The Chemical Biology Discussion Group brings together chemists and biologists interested in learning about the latest ideas in this rapidly growing field. It provides a forum for lively discussion and for establishing collaborations between chemists armed with novel technologies and biologists receptive to using these approaches to solve their chosen biological problems. The group also serves as the Organic Topical Group for the American Chemical Society's New York Chapter.

    List of past symposia

  • Events

    Wednesday, May 24, 2017 | 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    Chemical Biology Discussion Group Year-End Symposium

    Speakers: Sean F. Brady (The Rockefeller University), Dirk Trauner (New York University)

    The Chemical Biology Discussion Group brings together chemists and biologists interested in discussing the latest breakthroughs. In 2017, the annual year-end meeting features keynote speakers Dr Sean F. Brady and Dr Dirk Trauner.

  • Past Events

    Friday, September 9, 2016 | 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Protein Engineering and Protein Therapeutics

    Speakers: Yael David (MSKCC), Shohei Koide (NYU Langone Medical Center), Alexander J. Kasznel (University of Pennsylvania), Jonathan R. Lai (Albert Einstein College of Medicine), Jim Wells (University of California San Francisco), and Manoj Charati (Pfizer)

    This symposium will highlight state-of-the-art technologies in protein and antibody engineering, and antibody-drug conjugates. The implementation of these methods to specific diseases, and unique research tools, will also be discussed.

    Wednesday, May 25, 2016 | 11:30 AM - 5:00 PM

    Chemical Biology Discussion Group Year-End Symposium

    Speakers: Philip A. Cole (Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine), Kenneth W. Duncan (Epizyme, Inc.)

    The Chemical Biology Discussion Group brings together chemists and biologists interested in discussing the latest breakthroughs. In 2016, the annual year-end meeting features keynote speakers Dr Philip Cole and Dr Kenneth Duncan.

    Tuesday, September 29, 2015 | 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    Visualizing Cellular Messengers

    Speakers: Samie R. Jaffrey (Weill Cornell Medical College), Amy E. Palmer (University of Colorado)

    This symposium features state of the art chemical tools and imaging strategies for metal ions, redox signaling species, and metabolites in the cell, cellular delivery and targeting approaches, and their application to studying life processes.

    Monday, May 18, 2015 | 11:30 AM - 5:00 PM

    Chemical Biology Discussion Group Year-End Symposium

    Keynote Speaker: Scott J. Miller (Yale University)

    The Chemical Biology Discussion Group brings together chemists and biologists interested in discussing the latest breakthroughs. The year-end meeting features keynote speaker Scott J. Miller of Yale University and a poster session.

    Monday, September 15, 2014 | 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Click Chemistry in Biology and Medicine: New Developments and Strategies

    Keynote Speakers: Jim Paulson (The Scripps Research Institute), K. Barry Sharpless (The Scripps Research Institute)
    Speakers: Yimon Aye (Cornell University), David A. Spiegel (Yale University), Mingxuan Wu (Princeton University), Peng Wu (Albert Einstein College of Medicine)

    Click chemistry offers a reliable method for discovering chemical connectivity, with great potential in drug discovery and biomedical research. This symposium explores recent developments that offer new technologies for disease diagnosis and therapy.

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014 | 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM

    Chemical Biology Discussion Group Year-End Symposium

    Keynote Speaker: Michael Marletta (The Scripps Research Institute)

    The Chemical Biology Discussion Group brings together chemists and biologists interested in discussing the latest breakthroughs. The year-end meeting features keynote speaker Michael Marletta of the Scripps Research Institute and a poster session.

    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 | 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Bioorthogonal Chemistry in Biology and Medicine

    Speakers: T. Eric Ballard (Pfizer Worldwide Research and Development), Joseph M. Fox (University of Delaware), Howard C. Hang (The Rockefeller University), Minkui Luo (Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center), Lisa Shah (SUNY Stony Brook)

    Innovations in chemistry often lead to breakthroughs in biology and medicine. This symposium highlights advances in bioorthogonal chemistry, affording opportunities to explore biology and facilitating the synthesis of diagnostics and therapeutics.

    Wednesday, June 5, 2013 | 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Chemical Biology Discussion Group Year-End Symposium

    Keynote Speaker: Alanna Schepartz (Yale University)
    Speakers: Han Guo (Luo lab, Memorial Sloan–Kettering Cancer Center), Rudy Jacquet (Montclare lab, NYU-Poly), Neel Shah (Muir lab, Princeton University), Monika Raj (Arora lab, NYU), Wenjiao Song (Jaffrey lab, Weill Medical College, Cornell University), and Carola Wilczek (Shechter lab, Albert Einstein College of Medicine)

    The Chemical Biology Discussion Group brings together chemists and biologists interested in discussing the latest breakthroughs. The year-end meeting features keynote speaker Professor Alanna Schepartz of Yale University and a poster session.

    Wednesday, November 14, 2012 | 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

    Stem Cells, Small Molecules and Therapeutics

    In-house event is SOLD OUT. Register now for the live webinar.
    Speakers: Eric Chiao (Hoffmann-La Roche Inc.), Kevin Eggan (Harvard University), and Laura Kiessling (University of Wisconsin, Madison)

    Stem cells are increasingly important as a research tool and therapeutic option for degenerative diseases. Small molecules have the potential to impact stem cell research. This symposium will explore the intersection of these promising frontiers.

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012 | 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    Chemical Biology Discussion Group Year-End Symposium

    Organizers: Elizabeth Boon (Stony Brook University), Anthony A. Sauve (Weill Cornell Medical College), Jennifer S. Henry (The New York Academy of Sciences)
    Keynote speaker: Tom W. Muir (Princeton University)

    The Chemical Biology Discussion Group brings together chemists and biologists interested in discussing the latest ideas in this rapidly growing field, and provides a forum for lively discussion and collaboration.

    Thursday, February 9, 2012 | 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

    Chemical Biology of Infectious Diseases: TB, Toxins, and Biofilms

    Organizers: Elizabeth Boon (Stony Brook University), Lorrence H. Green (Westbury Diagnostics), and Jennifer Henry (The New York Academy of Sciences)
    Speakers: Elizabeth Boon (Stony Brook University), Kim Janda (Scripps Research Institute), and Kyu Rhee (Weill Cornell Medical College)

    This symposium covers infectious disease at a molecular level, including bacterial 'group behavior,' signal transduction pathways; detection of pathogens, weapons of biological warfare; and the development of practical new medical treatments.

    Thursday, September 8, 2011 | 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

    Synthetic Biology and Organism Engineering

    Speakers: Samuel H. Gellman (University of Wisconsin–Madison), Kathryn Loving (Schrödinger, Inc.) and Desmond Lun (Rutgers University)

    New York chemical biologists come together to hear three diverse speakers provide updates in the design and application of "foldamers," metabolically engineering microbes for the production of biofuels, and fragment-based de novo design of ligands.

    Tuesday, June 7, 2011 | 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    Chemical Biology Discussion Group Year-End Meeting

    Keynote Speaker: Professor Keith Woerpel (New York University)

    The Chemical Biology Discussion Group brings together chemists and biologists interested to discuss the latest ideas in this rapidly growing field, and provides a forum for lively discussion and collaborations between chemists and biologists.

    Friday, March 18, 2011 | 12:30 PM - 5:00 PM

    Toward an in silico Cell

    Speakers: Adrian Elcock (University of Iowa), Ruben Gonzalez, Jr. (Columbia University), Zaida Luthey-Schulten (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Julio Ortiz (Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Germany) and Klaus Schulten (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

    Accurately modeling molecular behavior of cells remains a Holy Grail of the biomodeling community. Hear leading experts in computational and experimental analysis of large biosystems discuss recent findings and the state-of-the-art of this field.

    Wednesday, September 15, 2010 | 5:00 PM - 7:45 PM

    Chemical Glycobiology

    Speakers: Sam Danishefsky (Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center), Jon Lai (Albert Einstein College of Medicine), Lara Mahal (New York University),  Suzanne Walker (Harvard Medical School) and Peng Wu (Albert Einstein College of Medicine)

    Glycosylation creates a range of carbohydrates or glycans, important in viruses, cancer and stem cells. Chemists and biologists collaborate to understand the analytical, synthetic and biochemical challenges of this important class of biomolecules.

    Tuesday, June 8, 2010 | 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM

    Chemical Biology Discussion Group Year-End Meeting

    Keynote Speaker: Bill Jorgensen (Yale University)

    The Chemical Biology Discussion Group brings together chemists and biologists interested in learning about the latest ideas in this rapidly growing field, and provides a forum for lively discussion and collaborations between chemists and biologists.

    Monday, April 12, 2010 | 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM

    Metabolic Regulation and Human Diseases

    Speakers: Debbie Muoio (Duke University), Bill Roush (Scripps Institute, Florida), and Reuben Shaw (Salk Institute)

    Understanding the regulation of cellular metabolism offers exciting opportunities to treat human diseases, including cancer and diabetes. This meeting brings together chemists and biologists to discuss recent progress and inspire new ideas.

    Monday, January 25, 2010 | 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM

    A Chemical Biology Approach to Epigenetics

    Speakers: Hening Lin (Cornell University), Anthony A. Sauve (Weill Cornell Medical College) and Song Tan (Penn State)

    The Chemical Biology Discussion Group brings together chemists and biologists interested in learning about the latest ideas in this rapidly growing field.

  • Steering Committee

    Paramjit Arora, PhD

    New York University

    Elizabeth Boon, PhD

    Stony Brook University

    David M. Chenoweth, PhD

    University of Pennsylvania

    Virginia Cornish, PhD

    Columbia University

    Christopher am Ende, PhD

    Pfizer Inc.

    Robert P. Fisher, MD, PhD

    Mount Sinai School of Medicine

    Howard Hang, PhD

    The Rockefeller University

    Akira Kawamura, PhD

    CUNY – Hunter College

    Jon Lai, PhD

    Albert Einstein College of Medicine

    Thomas Leyh, PhD

    Albert Einstein College of Medicine

    Jin Kim Montclare, PhD

    Polytechnic Institute of New York University

    E. James Petersson, PhD

    University of Pennsylvania

    Scott Priestley, PhD

    Bristol-Myers Squibb R&D

    David Sabatino, PhD

    Seton Hall University

    Anthony A. Sauve, PhD

    Weill Cornell Medical College

    Brent Stockwell, PhD

    Columbia University

    Derek S. Tan, PhD

    Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

    Neal J. Zondlo, PhD

    University of Delaware


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